What is a young carer?
A young carer is someone under the age of 18 years who may physically or emotionally caring for someone in their family because of an illness or disability.
Some of the ways young people care for someone are:
- staying in the house a lot to be there for them
- helping them to get up, get washed or dressed, or helping with toileting
- doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
- looking after younger brothers and sisters
- providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on.
The Oxfordshire Young Carers Service
The Oxfordshire Young Carers Service works with schools, professionals and services to support young carers and their families across the county.
This information is for young carers, parents, carers and/or professionals working with young carers and their families.
Watch our Young Carer video about Jake’s journey.
Who to talk to
There might be a teacher, school nurse or a young carers group at your school where you can chat about how things are going at home.
Your school might be part of our Young Carers Schools Standards and already be 'Young carers Aware'.
There are an estimated two young carers in every classroom so you are not alone.
You can talk to your GP or a professional in your local community such as a youth worker about the caring you do and how you feel about it.
Young adult carer needs assessment
If you are aged 18-25 years you are a young adult carer and will be entitled to an adult carers' assessment.
For any other information about the Young Carers Schools Standards or information on how to support young carers please contact the Oxfordshire County Council Young Carers Team.
Useful local contacts
Oxfordshire County Council's website for children, young people and young adults living in Oxfordshire. The website advertises local play and leisure opportunities, clubs, services and information on how to get involved with things like Youth Parliament.
South and Vale Young Carers’ Project
South and Vale Carers offers a range of trips for young carers specifically for 8 to 13 year and 13 to 18 year olds. Trips are free for young carers to attend. All those booking onto a trip will be visited by our Project Worker in advance of going on the trip to chat through their needs and caring role. Normally one trip is arranged each month.
Monthly trips and activities are offered to give young carers a break and a chance to meet up with other young carers.
Two age groups: 8-12s, and 13-17s.
South and Vale Project can offer additional support to young carers to South and Vale Area. It is an independent charity and offers respite support.
Carers Oxfordshire, is a service provided by Oxfordshire County Council for adult carers of adults in partnership with Age UK Oxfordshire.
The service aims to:
- Make it easier for carers to find help and support
- Listen to carers' needs and
- Give information, advice and support to carers.
You can find information about latest carers' news, grants, breaks and local groups.
Rethink Carer Support
For young carers of adults with mental health difficulties
Oxfordshire Carers' Voice Forum
The voice of all carers in Oxfordshire, consultation with carers, participation and advice
Carers Voice Oxfordshire
- Tel: 01235 520440
Positive Activities Oxfordshire
Positive Activities are events, activities, clubs, groups and organisations which provide young people with places to go and things to do. They can be supportive, educational, or just fun.
Useful national contacts
The Children Society
The Children’s Society’s include project works with voluntary and statutory services to support children and young people who care for parents or siblings who suffer from chronic illness or disability.
The Carers Trust has created two online spaces where those aged under 18 (Babble) and over 18 (Matter) who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share their experiences and access information and advice.
The site aims to bring together young carers from across the UK in an online space which is safe, fun and supportive.
Caring Matters/Carers' UK
Advice service on legal aspects of care
24-hour free and confidential help line for children and young people
The Mix (formerly YouthNet)
An organisation that guides and supports young people, enabling them to make educated life choices, participate in society and achieve their ambitions.
Information Shop for Young People
Part of a national network of 'shops' initiated by the National Youth Agency. It provides a free and confidential information, advice and support service for young people between the ages of 14 and 25.
Helpline service to parents and carers in the UK who have a concern about their child's emotional problems or behaviour
Young carers awareness posters
- Who are young carers, what do they do? (for schools) (pdf format, 1Mb)
- Who are young carers, what do they do? (pdf format, 1Mb)
Posters designed by Taran Rayat.