Who is a young carer?

Who could a young carer be?

Young carers at Whipsnade Zoo

Are you a child or young person who cares for a brother, sister, parent, or family member?

Young carers are children under the age of 18 who spend time helping to care for close friends or family, who due to illness or disability, may find it difficult without their support.

How we define young carers

In Central Bedfordshire we define young carers as:

Children aged 5 to 17 who look after or are affected by someone in their family who has a physical illness, disability, mental health illness or substance misuse problem; taking on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities which would normally be expected of an adult.

Yes? Talk to us!

If you have answered yes, or this sounds like something you do, call us on 0300 300 8585 to find out how we can support you in your caring role. We have some fantastic events and support groups you may like to know about, which all young carers registered with us can attend.