Young Adult Carers

Who is a Young Adult Carer?

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Young adult carers are young people aged 16–25 who care, unpaid, for a family member or friend with an illness or disability, mental health condition or an addiction.


Being a young adult carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self confidence – over 45% reported a mental health problem.

  • Many struggle to manage their education, working life and caring role which can cause pressure and stress.

  • Recent research on young adult carers who were no longer in education showed their highest qualifications were GCSEs grade D–G.

  • 29% had dropped out of college/university because of their caring role. This is four times greater than the national average for degree courses.

But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young adult carer.

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Our Service

We work with colleges, universities, health and social care professionals to identify young adult carers and support them with their caring role and to transition into adulthood.