WHAT IS A YOUNG CARER?

Being a young carer often means looking after a family member who is ill, or helping them by looking after the other members of the family while they can’t.

Young carers often do more chores than other children would. On top of providing emotional support to the person they are caring for, they may also have to learn how to nurse them or look after their personal needs like bathing and dressing.

WHAT DO OUR YOUNG CARERS DO?

WHO ARE OUR YOUNG CARERS LOOKING AFTER?

WHAT OUR YOUNG CARERS SAY?

HOW ARE YOUNG CARERS DIFFERENT TO THEIR PEERS?

It can be hard work being a young carer. Sometimes other children don’t understand the responsibilities faced by young carers and that they have less free time.

Young carers miss an average of 48 days of school because of their role and 68% have been bullied at some point directly because of having to care for someone.

INDICATORS THAT SOMEONE MAY BE A YOUNG CARER

YOUNG CARER STRENGTHS

It is good for young carers to have the support of others who understand their situation. Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers service can help with advice and give young carers somewhere to let off steam and enjoy themselves.