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What to do if a child or young person is looking after you

You may be able to get help at home for you and your child if they're spending a lot of time caring for you.

How to tell if your child is a young carer

Your child is a young carer if they’re 19 years old or younger. They may be regularly helping you or another family member.

They may: 

  • help you or someone else to get up, get washed and dressed or go to the toilet
  • do lots of household chores like shopping and cleaning
  • stay at home a lot to keep you company or to look after brothers and sisters
  • manage the family’s budget, collect benefits and prescriptions
  • help you with moving around your home or with physiotherapy
  • help you manage your medication
  • cook your meals

You can get help for you and your child.

Get help at home

You can get help at home with things like:

  • getting in and out of bed
  • washing and dressing
  • going to the toilet
  • moving around your home
  • meals and drinks

Contact Adult Social Care to ask for help at home.

Adult Social Care
Telephone: 0116 305 0004

We will do an assessment to find out about your situation and what changes you’d like to make in your life. We will usually visit you at home.

You can get someone who is independent of the council to advise you or speak for you during your assessment.

Help for young carers

Your child can get help with school, getting a job or training if they’re a carer.

Young Carer ID card

You can apply for a free Young Carer ID card for your child to use when they go with you to hospital, the doctor and other health appointments or if you’re staying in hospital.

The card will identify your child as your carer to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who will tell them about:

  • your medication – what you’re getting and the effects it can have
  • your condition or illness and answer their questions about it
  • what might happen in the future with your illness or disability (your prognosis)
  • what should happen when you leave hospital and include them in any discussions

Barnardo’s CareFree Project

Barnardo’s CareFree Project can help you get all the help you’re entitled to. They can also help your child to:

  • take time away from caring
  • try out new activities
  • find someone to talk to
  • meet other young carers
  • get the help they may need at school or in getting a job
  • apply for grants for things such as school equipment or activities
  • go on holidays

Barnardo’s CareFree Project
Telephone or text: 0116 286 7182
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

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