Young Adult Carers
Who is a Young Adult Carer?
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.
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.