Young carers

Children and young people who look after someone at home who is unwell or disabled

Do you help look after a parent, relative or friend who is ill or disabled?

Do you experience any of the following:

  • great feelings of responsibility
  • physical tiredness, due to lifting or helping your relative or doing lots of housework
  • needing to feed and care for siblings or other family members
  • worries about the health and future wellbeing of the person you are caring for
  • having to give medication or helping with personal care
  • having to communicate with services or the authorities on behalf of the person you are caring for
  • coping with changes in mood or unpredictability
  • not having time for schoolwork or relaxation
  • feelings of embarrassment or shame about the person you are caring for

If so, then you might be a young carer

Although this can be a very positive experience for you, as a child or young person you should not be expected to do as much caring as an adult and adults should not have to rely on your caring abilities.

Most ill or disabled parents try very hard to minimise the effect of their difficulties on their children, and many young carers cope well with caring, especially with the support of other family members

But some may find caring for a relative very stressful at times and might feel angry with their relative and then feel guilty about this.

Some children and young people who are carers feel nobody cares about them, and they may develop health or other problems as they try to deal with their difficult situation

To find out what support is available for young carers in North Lanarkshire, contact Action for Children, North Lanarkshire Young Carers Project on 01698 258801. Their full contact details are available in their leaflet  pdf icon Do you look after or help to look after someone? [503kb]

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