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Young carers

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. In this section you can find out more about:


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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. In this section you'll find information on:


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Caring and illnesses

Caring can be hard if you don't understand the condition of the person you look after. It can also be easier to care if you understand some of what the person you care for is going through. In this section you can find advice on:


Last reviewed: 10/08/2011

Next review due: 10/08/2013

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday (except bank holidays), 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 talk to an adviser live online or send a query by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

Services near you

Oritsé Williams talks to young carers

Oritsé Williams from the band JLS answers questions from young carers for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Oritsé's mother has MS, and he was a young carer himself. When he was growing up he helped look after his mother, as well as his younger brothers and sister.