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What is a young carer?

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You may be a young carer without realising it.  If you are under 18 and you help to look after someone in your family who has a disability or illness, then you are a young carer.

You could be looking after an adult or your siblings – it doesn’t matter who – you are still a young carer.

Being a young carer can mean that you are doing lots of jobs at home such as helping someone with personal care or doing everyday tasks like food shopping.  Being a young carer should not interfere with being a young person – this is why you might be entitled to help and support.

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