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.

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 service is home to the national young carers initiative supporting children and young people who care for parents, siblings or others who suffer from chronic illness or disability.

We campaign for change, promote best practice with central and local government, and work in partnership with key workers to support young carers. Our aim is to develop a national focus for young carers, their families and those who work to support them; to promote common standards and to work towards the realisation of equitable services. We work to prevent children and young people taking on inappropriate caring responsibilities that impact negatively upon their well-being.

All of our work is informed by consultation with young carers and their families and those who work to support them.

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.