Aged between 5 and 18 years, young carers help look after one or more members of their family – usually mum, dad, brother, sister or grandparent. Sometimes they are the only carer.
The young carer may have to deal with a range of situations, such as disability, chronic illness, mental health difficulties or problems with drugs or alcohol misuse.
They may be taking on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that an adult would normally do. It might include lifting someone who is immobile, giving emotional support to a parent with a mental illness or addiction or caring for a sibling.
With the risk of social isolation, bullying, school attendance problems, and physical and mental ill health themselves, young carers can often find life tiring, worrying and lonely.
Telford and Wrekin Young Carers have their own website, take a look at telfordyoungcarers.org.uk