You are a young carer if you are under 18 years and looking after someone in your family who has a long-term illness, disability, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
The things you have to do at home can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up: like school work and friendships. However you don't have to struggle to cope on your own.
There are lots of people who can support you to continue caring, if that is want you want to do, but also help you to make time for school work, hobbies or spending time with friends.
If you think you might be a young carer you can:
- Speak to your doctor - If you let your doctor know that you are looking after someone they will be able to support you to get the help you need and may be able to prescribe things like GP carers breaks.
- Speak to someone you trust at school - Once they understand your situation they will be better able to support you with things like homework or course work or time out of school.
- Ask us for a young carer's assessment - A carer's assessment is a way for us to find out about the care you give and the support we can offer you. You can ask for an assessment at any time through our online carers enquiry form, or by speaking to our information and advice line.
- Contact Surrey Young Carers - Surrey Young Carers is an organisation that supports young carers to get the information and advice they need. They can give you someone to talk to and give you opportunities to have fun and make new friends with young people in similar circumstances.
Young Adult Carers
Carers aged 18 to 24 are known as "Young Adult Carers" and support for this group is also available from Action for Carers Surrey. This is to support young people with caring responsibilities in their transition to adulthood.
For support for over 18s please contact the Action for Carers Surrey enquiry desk:
Tel 01483 302748
Files available to download
- Surrey Young Carers Strategy 2015 -2018 (PDF) (1.4 MB)
Making it real for young carers - a strategy for professionals to help support young carers and their families based on their views.