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Young Carers

A young carer is a child or young person whose life is affected by looking after someone with a disability or a long term illness, often taking on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

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A young carer is someone under 18 who regularly helps to look after someone who has

  • a long-term illness
  • a learning disability
  • a physical disability
  • mental health difficulties
  • problems from misusing drugs or alcohol

The person they care for could be their

  • mum or dad
  • brother or sister
  • grandparent or other relative

The support a young carer provides could include

  • housework, cooking and shopping
  • looking after younger brothers and sisters
  • helping someone to get washed and dressed
  • making sure the person they care for is safe
  • talking to other agencies (eg the doctor) about the person they care for
  • giving medication
  • giving emotional support

It's not always easy being a young carer. Some of the problems young carers might face are:

  • difficulties with school and doing homework
  • not enough time to see friends
  • worrying about the person they care for
  • feeling different from others
  • other people not understanding what it's like being a young carer.

Young Adult Carers

Young adult carers are carers between 16 and 25 years old.  They may be juggling their caring responsibilities with

  • the demands of further or higher education
  • looking for work or navigating the benefits system
  • starting their working lives
  • a serious emotional relationship
  • thinking about leaving home.

Local support

Swansea Young Carers Project run by the YMCA

Tel: 01792 652032

Info-NationOpens new window
Advice and support for all young people at a drop-in centre and online.

Tel: 01792 484010

Young Adult Carers Group

A support group for Young Adult CarersOpens new window meets on the third Thursday of every month.

Tel: 01792 653344 or text Alex on 07511714796


Social Services

Social Services may be able to help young carers, either by helping you get the support you need, or by providing support for the person you look after. 

If you get in touch with Social Services, a social worker may have a chat with you about what difficulties you have because of your caring role and what sort of help you would like.  Social workers know that it's important for families to stay together and help each other and this is what we'll try to help you with, so that you can carry on being a young carer, if you want to, but also have time for yourself, too.  Sometimes social workers may not give you the help you need directly but will put you in touch with other people or organisations who can help. 

You don't have to contact Social Services yourself.  There are other people who can do this for you.  It could be someone from the Young Carers Service, someone from your school or anyone else you trust.

To ask for Social Services support for yourself as a young carer
Child and Family Information, Advice and Assistance Service
Tel: 01792 635700

To ask about help or support for an adult you are caring for
Common Access Point for Health and Social Care
Tel: 01792 636519
Text: 07796 275412


PDF Document Young Carers in Swansea - Useful Organisations (PDF, 603KB)Opens new window

PDF Document Support for Young Carers (Factsheet 005) (PDF, 29KB)Opens new window

National information

Links to help Young Carers

Young Carers information from the Carers TrustOpens new window

Information for Young Carers from BBC Radio1Opens new window

BabbleOpens new window is an online community for Young Carers under 18.

Young Adult Carers

Young Adult Carers Information from the Carers TrustOpens new window

MatterOpens new window is an online space for young adult carers aged 16-25.

Young Adult Carers aged over 16 who provide over 35 hours of care a week may be entitled to claim Carer's AllowanceOpens new window.

Links to help those supporting young carers

The Young Carers ToolkitOpens new window has been developed by the Welsh Government to assist professionals across Health, Education and Social Services who are working with young carers and young adult carers. 

Action for Children - Supporting Young CarersOpens new window 

The Children's Society Include ProgrammeOpens new window for Young Carers

Young Minds - information for parentsOpens new window

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