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Young Carers - Information for Professionals

Who is a Young Carer?

A young carer is a child or young person aged between 5 and 25 who is looking after a family member with an illness or disability.

They may care alone or as part of a family.

The person they care for is often a parent but can be a sibling, grandparent or other relative who needs care because of disability, chronic illness, mental health illness or problems with drugs or alcohol misuse.


Sunderland Young Carers logoWhat do Young Carers do?

Young carers carry out significant or substantial tasks, often on a regular basis, and take on a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult.

The role of a young carer can vary depending on who the cared for is and the family dynamics, but they generally fall into the following categories:

Emotional support

Observing emotional state, providing supervision, trying to 'cheer up' the care recipient when they are depressed or sad, talking and listening.

Domestic Tasks

Doing household chores such as cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing, shopping and gardening.

General Care

Carrying out tasks such as administering medication, changing dressings and assisting with mobility.

Intimate Care

Includes lifting, washing, dressing and assisting with toilet requirements.

Child Care

Helping to care for younger siblings in addition to other caring tasks.



Recognising Young Carers

Are you a professional and would like to find out more about young carers?

Click below to read

Recognising Young Carers - A Guide for Practitioners


How can Sunderland Carers' Centre help Young Carers?

Not all young carers experience a negative impact as a result of their caring responsibilities but, particularly where other support is absent or limited, the young carer is vulnerable to a range of negative effects which can occur across the personal, social, health, education and employment aspects of a young carer's life.

At Sunderland Carers' Centre, our Young Carers Development Workers can give young carers an opportunity to explore their feelings and provide advice and information to help them and their families access relevant help and support.

We offer young carers time out through outings and activities. We run several weekly groups for different age ranges and have trips during school holidays which range from days at the farm to camping expeditions in the countryside. These are opportunities for young carers to meet and spend time with peers who are experiencing similar home situations.

Where needed the Young Carers Development Workers will give one to one support and advocacy to individual young carers.

We organise training to provide skills to young carers to help them in their caring situation, for example, first aid and cooking.

Apart from the support and reassurance offered by Carers' Centre staff, we also work with health, social services, education and other organisations to make them aware about young carers and the issues surrounding them. If you would like us to come and talk to your organisation please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on (0191) 549 3768 or email us - click here.

We feel that an important part of our work with young carers is to ensure that they are in a position to make informed choices about their future and not have their aspirations restricted by their caring role.

If you know of a young carer please let them know about Sunderland Carers' Centre. If the young carer and their family would like help, advice or support they can contact us directly or you can pass on their details to us, with the family's permission.

For more information please contact Sunderland Carers' Centre on

(0191) 549 3768.


Young Carer's School Card


Young Carer's School Card


What is the Young Carer's School Card?

The Young Carer's School Card is for young people who are having problems at secondary school because they are caring for someone at home.

Young carers can carry the card with them at school to tell teachers when they are having problems.

It could help young carers with things like having to hand in homework late or not being able to stay behind after school without warning.

There are many different reasons for needing a card and it can be made to suit the young carer's needs.

Click here to find out more about the Young Carer's School Card.