who are young carers?

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

How many young carers are there?

  • There are about 700,000 young carers in the UK. 

  • That’s about one in 12 secondary aged pupils.

  • There are likely to be young carers in every school and college.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.

  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed. 

  • Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.

  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.

  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.

  • Helping to give medicine. 

  • Helping someone communicate.

  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young 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.

  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.

  • In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.

  • 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.

  • 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.

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

Our Service


We work closely with schools, GP Practices, health and social care professionals to ensure they recognise, understand and support the needs of young carers they are working with. When identified young carers needs should be assessed, whether as part of a family assessment or on their own. During this process a referral can be made to Salford Carers Young Carer Team who are able to offer a whole family support service to help address the young carer’s needs.

Useful Information

It’s important for young carers to know their rights, this is a really helpful resource: https://carers.org/know-your-rights-support-young-carers-and-young-adult-carers-england