A young carer Is the child or young person...
  • Often late, or absent from school with little explanation
  • Maybe falling behind on school work, handing in homework late or incomplete
  • Often, tired, anxious, withdrawn or worried.
  • Isolated from peers, struggles to attend extra-curricular activities and trips.
  • Secretive about home life
  • Showing signs of poor hygiene or diet
  • Displaying disruptive behaviour.
  • Talks openly about family health issues
  • Becomes uncomfortable when addressing various health topics.
Are you aware if a young person’s family member...
  • Experiences illness, disability, mental ill health or has a history of substance misuse.
  • Often misses appointments with school/other professionals
  • Is difficult to engage with or contact
Please note some families who experience disability or illness have a strong network of support and the young people in the family may demonstrate great resilience and not be significantly impacted by a family member’s health.
Some young carers are Hidden young carers. These are children who care for a family member who either experiences mental ill health or misuses substances. Young carers who are carrying out hidden caring roles often don’t view themselves as carers due to either the episodic nature of their family members illness or fear surrounding the stigma of the illness or condition.
For many young cares, caring and supporting a family member has become normal to them. They may not always recognise that they are in fact carrying out a very responsible role.
 
Positive aspects of caring

Young Carers can be
  • Resilient
  • Self-motivated
  • Well organised
  • Have good life skills early in age
  • effective communicators
  • Very tolerant of people different to them
 
These skills are a great foundation for a young person to start their adult life