A young carer
The term ‘young carer’ refers to children and young people from the age of 5 to 18 who care for a parent or relative at home who is ill. The level of care they give would usually be carried out by an adult, and therefore it has a significant impact on their childhood.
Identifying a young carer
- May often be tired, stressed, anxious or depressed
- May often be late or absent from school, and could be underachieving
- May have difficulty in joining in after school activities
- May be isolated, or be a victim of bullying
- May appear unkempt
- May have behavioural problems
- May have physical problems such as back pain
- False maturity (seeming older than their years)
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