Am I a young carer?

Am I a young carer?

A lot of young people who look after someone do not realise they could be a young carer.

Take our quiz to find out if you could be one.

Am I a young carer?
Am I a young carer?

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone:

  • Under the age of 18
  • Who looks after a family member or a friend struggling with an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or an addiction.

The quiz is 100% anonymous. We won’t be able to link your answers to you.

Who does a young carer look after?

You could be looking after:

  • A parent or a caregiver
  • A brother or sister
  • Another family member, like a cousin, a grandparent or an aunt/uncle
  • A friend
  • A girlfriend, boyfriend or significant other

That person could have:

  • An illness or a chronic condition
  • A physical disability
  • A learning disability
  • Poor mental health
  • An alcohol or drug use problem

What does a young carer do?

If you are a young carer, you may be:

  • Doing a lot around the house, like cleaning, cooking, washing the dishes or clothes.
  • Helping to run errands, like food shopping or organising appointments.
  • Helping someone with their personal care, like dressing/undressing,
    washing and using the bathroom, giving them medicine, etc.
  • Supporting someone emotionally, keeping them company, keeping an eye
    on them, etc.
  • Looking after a younger or older sibling, like cooking for them, helping
    them dress, taking them to school.
  • Helping with the family‚Äôs finances, like bills, benefits or banking.
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