Young Carers

If a parent or close family member cannot care for themselves, it is sometimes left to the younger members of the family to look after them.

They are often called young carers. Young carers are children and young people (18 and under) whose lives are affected in some way by caring for another person or helping someone else to provide care.

The average age of a young carer is 12 in the UK and the last census in 2011 identified 178,000 young carers in just England and Wales.

You are not alone, there is help available to you and it is important that you look after yourself.

Useful Links

The Mix: Support for young carers

NHS Choices: Who can help young carers?

NHS Choices: Being a young carer – your rights

Some Local & National Organisations

Cardiff Council’s young carers section, including an emergency out of hours helpline

YMCA Cardiff run a couple of projects to help and support young carers under the name TIME 4 ME

Carers Trust Wales exists to provide action, help and advice to carers throughout Wales.


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For more organisations, services or info about young carers, check out our database or contact Meic, the advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales –  Freephone: 080880 23456 / Text: 84001 / Instant Message.

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