Young Carers

This section has lots of information on what a young carer is and how you can support young carers in your unit.

A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 who helps look after someone they know. The person they support might have a disability, a temporary or long-term health condition, mental health problems, or a drug or alcohol dependency.

Young carers can do a lot of different tasks, from washing someone, to household chores, and even managing finances. Edinburgh Young Carers have lots of resources and information on what a young carer is. If you want a more in-depth look at how caring for a sibling affects young people then take a look at their Ask Me – I’m here too report.

5 things to know about young carers

Girlguiding Scotland development worker, Rebecca is a former young carer. Find out more about her experience of being a carer and the things she wished everyone would know about young people with caring responsibilities.