Information for young carers

A Young Carer is a person under the age of 18 who looks after or helps look after someone who has: a disability, an illness, a mental health problem or an addiction.

Every day I m a young carer

A Young Carer may be doing some or all of the following:

  • extra housework, cooking and shopping
  • helping the cared-for-person to wash or dress
  • taking care of family finances
  • helping a family member with their medication
  • providing emotional support

Looking after someone can feel good, but sometimes it can also be difficult and might mean:

  • you are late for school or have to take days off school?
  • it’s hard to meet homework deadlines or study?
  • you have less time to socialise or make friends?
  • you might feel worried or anxious?
  • you might feel tired or frustrated?

Not sure what some of the words and phrases mean? Have a look at the Young Carer Jargon Buster.

How can I get help?

If you look after someone and you feel worried or want someone to talk to, your pupil support team, school nurse, youth worker or a friend or adult that you trust.

There is also a Young Carers’ Team in your local area who are on hand to help you with:

  • one-to-one support from a Young Carers Worker
  • general information and advice
  • illness specific training, you may want to know more about a family members illness
  • getting extra help for the person you look after
  • short breaks 
  • completing a Young Carers Statement 

 A Young Carer Statement is part of The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016. It forms a plan for you, to help you achieve your own personal goals. The services offered are based on supporting young carers through a family based approach to tackle the underlying causes of inappropriate caring roles, delivering and accessing supports that meet the needs of the whole family.

  • if you have any questions or would like to find out more information you can also call the Carers Information Line on 0141 353 6504
  • complete the online Carers Form - you can complete this yourself or someone can help you

Useful information

Young Carers can sign up to the Young Scot Carers package to access relaxation apps, mobile top-ups and more!  

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Did you know that Young Carers aged 16 to 18 years who care for someone an average of 16 hours per week may qualify for the Young Carers Grant

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