Young carers are children and young people (up to the age of 18) whose lives are being affected by looking after someone with a disability or a long term illness. The person they care for may be a parent, a sibling, another family member or a friend, who does not necessarily live in the same house as them. “Disability” refers to actual or perceived physical, sensory, emotional or learning impairment, long-term illness, HIV, drug or alcohol dependence, mental health problems, frailty or old age.
The 2001 census shows that there were 176,000 young careers in the UK, 1000 of which were from Hull. Young carers may be carrying out significant or substantial caring tasks and assuming a level of responsibility which is inappropriate to their age. Caring tasks can involve physical or emotional care, or taking responsibility for someone’s safety or well-being.
The impact of taking on an inappropriate caring role can include underachievement or absenteeism at school, mental or physical ill health. Young carers do not always recognise themselves as being ‘carers’. They may see their role as something they should be doing for that family member, or that they really want to be doing. Young carers need to be differentiated from those children and young people who share some of their circumstances, but cannot be defined as young carers. Not every child whose parent/sibling is ill or disabled is necessarily a young carer.
For more information please:
- telephone 01482 448 879, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
- telephone 01482 300 304, Monday to Friday 5pm and 9am, and 24 hour cover during weekends
- Visit Brunswick House, Strand Close, Beverley Road, Hull, HU2 9DB