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)

Find out about ideas to support children that are affected by a parent’s cancer.