Young Carers

What is a Young Carer

Are you a young carer? Watch the video opposite which explains what it means to be a young carer, from young carers themselves.

You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister. You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around. You may also give a lot of physical help to a parent, brother or sister who is disabled or ill. Being a young carer can mean that life is demanding, but there is support out there.

Identifying Young Carers

Young carers are more at risk of exploitation and often being bullied by their peers. This makes young carers vulnerable and disadvantaged and therefore may suffer with mental health issues of their own, struggle with low grades, and may be socially isolated by their friends. All too often young carers feel that they cannot share what they are experiencing and ‘suffer in silence’. It is really important that young carers feel supported to ask for any help that they need.

If you are a young carer, or know/support a young carer, it is important to;

  • Register with your GP as a carer – you will benefit from flu and COVID vaccinations, convenient appointment times, annual health reviews, and local information and support. Just call your GP practice and let them know!
  • If you are a young carer caring for someone who lives in the Dorset Council area please contact Carer Support Dorset 0800 368 8349 or email
  • If you are a young carer caring for someone who lives in the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council area please contact Childrens First Response Hub on 01202 123334 or email


Local support

Charities supporting young carers

Someone to talk to

  • Childline is a free and confidential telephone helpline for children on 0800 11 11
  • Samaritans are there for you whatever your going through on 116 123