Are you a young carer?

Young carers look after someone at home who has extra needs, for example an illness, disability or addiction
Girl looking after a younger, disabled sister

A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 18 years who cares for someone in their family because of an illness or disability. This can be for any kind of illness or disability, including mental health issues like depression, and addictions.

Some of the ways young people care for someone are:

  • Staying in the house a lot to be there for them
  • Helping them to get up, get washed or dressed, or helping with toileting
  • Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
  • Looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on

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Spending a lot of time caring for someone else can be stressful, and might make learning more difficult or change your ambitions.

If you are a young carer, you need to let people know so you can get the best support. This might include telling teachers at your school, or contacting Carers Oxfordshire. 

Think Young Carer

All across Oxfordshire, schools, clubs and other groups are being encouraged to "think young carer". This is so that when they see someone who is having difficulties, they remember to ask if that young person is caring for someone else at home. There is an average of two Young Carers in every classroom. You are not alone and you can get help.

If you are not sure if you are a young carer, you need help to make a referral, or you want to talk about it with someone, there are people who can help.

There are young carers groups all across Oxfordshire and at your school. You can spend time with other young carers and chat about how things are going at home.

This video about being a Young Carer was made in Banbury Hub with the help of Fusion Arts.

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What the law says

A Young Carer is someone under the age of 18 years who may physically or emotionally care for someone in their family because of an illness or disability.

As of the 1st of April 2014 the law changed for young carers and their families; covered in the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014.

These changes mean that:

  • Young Carers under the age of 18 years have the right to a Young Carers Needs Assessment, no matter who they care for, what type of care they provide, or how often they provide it.
  • The assessment looks at appropriate levels of caring the Young Carer may be doing, the young carer’s needs for support, their other needs and wishes, their education or work, health, hobbies or activities and also includes a whole family approach.
  • Young Carers  aged between 14 and 19 are entitled to a Young Carers Transition Assessment that will consider how to prepare for adulthood and how to raise and fulfil their aspirations.

Young Carers groups

Oxfordshire Young Carers Service supports young carers across Oxfordshire up to age 25. They offer:

  • Access to clubs and groups for young carers
  • Access to one-to-one help from young carer’s support workers
  • Newsletters and web information for Young Carers throughout the year
  • Support in schools to help Young Carers
  • Information, advice and signposting for all the family

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