A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.

If you are a young carer you provide very significant and often crucial help to your family but it is important that you realise the role you are playing. Being a young carer can affect your wellbeing so it is ok to ask for help and additional support is available if you need it. If you aren't sure whether you are a young carer this guidance sheet might help you.