Young carers

No child should be robbed of their childhood, left to cope alone caring for sick family members and unable to plan for their future
Help us give young carers a brighter future

Our work with young carers

There are more than 166,000 young carers across the country. We raise awareness of their needs, campaign for policy change, support schools, and work to see that these young people get the future and support they deserve.

Donate today to give a young carer a brighter future

No child should be forced to grow up too early. Some young people don’t even realise they are carers, they are just looking after a loved one. But young carers shouldn't have the same responsibilities as adult carers, nor should they be spending the majority of their time looking after someone.

Your support means young carers can have a brighter and happier future ahead of them.

Our partnership with Henley Festival

We are proud to be working in partnership with Henley Festival to bring inspiration and vital support to thousands of children who care for their family members.

The generous support of Henley Festival through our three-year partnership will see a minimum of £60,000 provided to support thousands of young carers with much-needed breaks away from caring duties, as well as mentoring and other crucial support.

Molly's story

Since the age of 10, Molly has been caring for her mum.

Molly’s responsibilities meant she struggled to find time for her homework and fell behind in her education.

Molly felt overwhelmed and worried that no one would understand what she was going through. Fortunately we were there to offer Molly the support she needed. This is her story.

Include programme

Our Include programme reaches out to young carers from all communities through our national and local programmes, helping voluntary and statutory services supporting young carers. 

We also campaign for change and promote best practice with central and local government and work in partnership with social workers, teachers and health care professionals to deliver solutions that consider the needs of the whole family.

The Young Carers Festival

The Young Carers Festivals, organised by our Include programme and YMCA Fairthorne Manor, is part of the process of recognising, informing and consulting with young carers in order to better meet the needs of them and their families.


Hidden Exhibition

Hidden is a compelling portrait exhibition that tells the story of England's 166,000 young carers. 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, with an aim to make sure the experiences of young carers do not remain hidden from society.