We support the more than 166,000 young carers across the country

A young carer featured in Hidden - photograph by Max Alexander

Hidden exhibition national tour

Hidden is a compelling portrait exhibition that tells the story of England’s 166,000 young carers – the official figure that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The exhibition launched in February 2015 in London, and will be touring throughout England through mid-2016.

The Hidden exhibition will visit the following areas in 2016:

In Hidden, award-winning photographer and former young carer Max Alexander captures the resilience, determination and aspiration of 24 children and teens who care for a loved one. The launch of the exhibition gained huge support, with over 2,000 people visiting in ten days, and now the Big Lottery funded Young Carers in Focus programme (YCiF) is sharing the powerful portraits and stories from young carers in galleries, events and public spaces across the country. The aim is to make sure the experiences of young carers do not remain hidden from society.

A fantastic collection of celebrities like Jo Whiley, Jade Ewen and Richard McCourt are supporting and part of Hidden. Read Jo Whiley's and Jade Ewen's stories.

Who are young carers?

a young girl cooking a meal while her sister waits at a table

These children are forced to grow up early and miss out on the same opportunities as other children because they care for family members who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs.

According to the 2011 census data, the number of young carers rose by 20% compared with ten years before.

Some of these children are not only losing their childhoods they are also missing out on vital school and training, which will have a negative impact on the rest of their lives. Please read Hidden from View: Experiences of young carers in England.

We help young carers by making sure they can have breaks from their responsibilities and by giving young carers a platform to share their experiences and raise awareness about the issues they face.

Supporting young carers

Our Include programme works with voluntary and statutory services across the country to support young carers. We campaign for change and promote best practice with central and local government.

We aim to:

  • develop a national focus for young carers, their families and those who work to support them
  • promote common standards.

Working together with a variety of organisations we have:

  • created a contacts database of young carers projects
  • organised training events and regional conferences  
  • published guidance, leaflets and information packs
  • organised annual Young Carers Festivals (see below)
  • developed online resources
  • produced a training DVD
  • supported children and young people making presentations to ministers and parliamentarians.

Visit our Include programme’s website to find a wealth of information and resources for young carers, families and professionals.

The Young Carers Festival

The Young Carers Festivals provide young people with the opportunity to have fun, relax, socialise and forget their responsibilities for a weekend.

Young Carers in Focus

Young Carers in Focus is a national network which allows young carers to communicate, share stories and campaign for the things that matter most to them.