What is a young carer in the UK?

You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister.

How many young carers are there in the UK?

The Children’s Society says there are approximately 800,000 young carers in the UK. They also report that 39% of young carers said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring responsibilities.

How many young carers are there in the UK BBC?

New research from the BBC and University of Nottingham has revealed that 800,000 secondary aged young people in England are caring for a parent or sibling. Read full article.

What are young carers entitled to?

Carer’s Allowance is paid at a standard rate of £69.70 (2022/23) a week. You’re entitled to Carer’s Allowance if: you’re aged 16 or over. you satisfy UK presence and residence rules.

How does Centrelink help young carers?

Young carers may also be eligible for Youth Allowance for students and Australian Apprentices if they’re studying full time. You may also be able to claim the Ex-Carer Allowance (Child) Health Care Card. It gives you access to cheaper medicines and health care.

Can a 16 year old provide personal care?

Is there a minimum age to work in social care? Government regulations only allow people over the age of 18 to deliver personal intimate care (mostly personal hygiene tasks). People under the age of 16 can do the work supervised but it does mean that a 16-year-old’s work opportunities are limited.

Can my son be my carer?

The person you care for can be anyone, including a relative. It can be paid to more than one person in a household, such as a couple caring for each other. To claim the Carer’s Element of Universal Credit the eligibility rules are the same as for Carer’s Allowance, but there is no earnings limit involved.

How much money do young carers get?

You could get £69.70 a week if you care for someone at least 35 hours a week and they get certain benefits. You do not have to be related to, or live with, the person you care for. You do not get paid extra if you care for more than one person.

What is a young carers group?

The Young Carers Project The project aims to provide young carers the opportunity to take a break from the daily responsibilities of being a carer by interacting with others facing similar challenges.

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition or misuses drugs or alcohol. What might a young carer do?

How do I contact young carers in Essex?

For any other queries about young carers’ support in Essex, email [email protected] Concerned about a young person? If you’re concerned about someone under 18 who is providing care for someone, use our online referral form.

Is there help available for young carers?

There is help available for young carers. We can help suggest things that will make things easier for you, and help you continue to help your family. What is a young carer? You are a young carer if you’re under 18 and you look after someone in your family who:

How can Carers Trust help young carers?

Carers Trust helps young carers to cope with their caring role through specialised services delivered by Carers Trust Network Partners across the UK. They are independent charities.