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Young Carers - the facts

“Young carers are children and young people who help to look after someone in their family or friends who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem”

Young Carers fall into three age groups; each with distinct characteristics and needs. These groups are under six, six to 14, and 14 to 17. Young Adult Carers are aged between 18 to 24, and often require support around education and employment.

Types of care

There are three main types of care which a young carer may be supporting someone with. These are:


  • personal care
  • household jobs
  • meals 
  • errands


  • listening
  • being there for them
  • talking with them
  • helping them to feel better

Taking responsibility

  • keeping the person feeling safe
  • administering medicines
  • keeping appointments
  • getting help if needed

Latest Carers in Beds news letters can be viewed here