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Young carers - support and advice
Young carers are people under 18 years of age who offer substantial help on a regular basis for a parent, grandparent or sibling who has a disability or experiences mental health, drug or alcohol issues. We can provide advice and support for young carers, both for the person cared for and direct to you as a young carer.
Young carers face serious caring responsibilities. As well as the daily tasks completed for their parents such as housework, cooking and bathing; young carers live with the added pressure of school and often a lack of understanding from school friends. The physical and emotional strain is sometimes too much - many skip school and suffer depression. It is currently estimated that one in 12 secondary school children are young carers.
Social care services can offer advice and information as well as other services. Our customer services centre (social care enquiries) can provide you with more detailed information.
Caring for yourself
There are many satisfactions in caring, but it can make great demands on your time, your health and your emotions and can be very exhausting.
If you ever feel under undue pressure and the situation is becoming stressful, please contact your GP, our customer services centre or your local carers' centre for help. Let them know how you feel and that you need help straight away.
For more information on the health issues that can affect carers, see the how can caring affect my health and how can I look after myself? page.
Additional support from organisations in North Yorkshire
In addition to the help and support we can provide, there are many organisations in North Yorkshire which support young carers, including carers' centre and carers' resources. These are organisations whose purpose is to give practical and emotional support to carers. For more details, see the carers' centres in North Yorkshire page.
Young carers - support and advice - frequently asked questions
Carers - information and resources