Young Carers

Young carers are people under 18 who look after somebody in their family who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Young carers might do extra jobs at home, including:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Housework
  • Helping the person they care for to wash or dress
  • Helping to give medication
  • Stay with the person they look after and keeping them company when they’re feeling down

Being a young carer can have a big impact on a young person’s health, social life and education. 

Many young carers struggle to juggle their school work and caring which can cause them lots of stress. Young carers often have less free time compared to other children to take part in social activities.

Young Carers: Who are they? What do they do? – Carers Trust poster

Young carers are a particularly vulnerable group during lockdown and many of them are disadvantaged by home learning due to family illness or disability, and additional pressures at home. Education staff can help and make a big difference – Top Tips for Supporting Young Carers in Education During Covid-19 


How do we support young carers?

This is Charlie. Do you look after someone like Charlie does?… our postcard for young carers. 

We provide individual and group support for young carers, as well as advice for their family.

If you are a young carer, there are lots of ways you can get in touch with us…

You can email us at [email protected]

You can like us on Facebook/NewcastleCarers

You can follow us on Twitter @NCLCarers

You can text us on 07874 100043

You can phone us on 0191 275 5060, Monday to Friday, 9am -5pm (we are closed on bank holidays)


If you are a professional working with a young carer and you would like to make a referral for a Young Carers Assessment, please download our referral form from the Related Documents.

For guidance about making a referral for a Young Carers Assessment please click here.