Help for young carers

You’re a young carer if you’re both of these:

  • 18 years old or younger
  • helping someone at home because they can’t look after themselves

You may be regularly helping a family member – adult or child – who has a:

  • long-term illness – such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes
  • physical disability – eg uses a wheelchair, is deaf or blind
  • mental health problem – like depression or schizophrenia
  • problem with drugs or alcohol

You may have to:

  • help someone wash, go to the toilet or get dressed
  • lift someone, help them using the stairs or with physiotherapy
  • cook, do the housework or go shopping because an adult can’t do it
  • manage your family’s budget, collect benefits and prescriptions
  • give medicine or pills to an adult or disabled brother or sister
  • go with someone to the doctor or hospital
  • look after a brother or sister and make sure they’re safe
  • translate or interpret for someone
  • cheer someone up or help them when they are feeling down

Help kids stay fit and healthy

For advice on keeping your child fit and healthy - visit Health for Kids.