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Support for young carers

What is the definition of a young carer?

If you are under 18 and are caring for a parent or a relative that has a disability you are classed as a young adult.

Young carers may be doing tasks that they should not be facing alone and that could interrupt their school life and childhood experience. These tasks could include:

  • helping with washing, bathing, going to the toilet, dressing or feeding
  • help getting about or lifting
  • giving support in a crisis or whenever it is needed
  • shopping, running errands or helping with money
  • keeping an eye on someone to keep them safe

What you need to know

As a young carer, you could get support including:

  • a young carers assessment
  • practical help at home
  • equipment
  • day care
  • respite care

If you or your parents request it, a social worker from your local council must visit to carry out a young carers assessment. This can determine whether it is appropriate for you to care for someone else and takes into account whether you want to be a carer.

How to request a young carers assessment

If you are a resident of Kent and want to find out more information on young carers assessments, please visit the IMAGO website.

If you are a resident of Medway and want to find out more information on young carers assessments, please visit the Medway Council Website.

To view further information on young carers in Kent and Medway, visit our Useful links and resources for carers page.