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Young carers

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Being a young carer

This area of the site is for young people who are caring for someone who is ill or disabled. You might have started caring without realising it. These pages will help you work out if you are a carer and how to get help for your family.

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Your life

As a young carer, you have a right to be able to get out and socialise with friends and get help at school. You might also want some information on how you feel about caring, and this section might help.

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Caring and illnesses

Find out about the condition of the person you look after, plus tips on what to do if you're looking after a parent, or you're looking after a brother or sister.

Last reviewed: 14/01/2010

Next review due: 14/01/2012

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back.

You can also ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can send a query to our advisers by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

Young carers

Two young carers talk about splitting their time between going to school and caring for their parents, and the support they've had from young carers projects.