What is a Young Carer or Young Adult Carer?
A Young or Young Adult Carer is a child or young person, whose life has been affected by looking after a family member who may suffer from one of the following:
Long Term illness
Mental ill health
Drug or Alcohol misuse
What do Young Carers do?
Domestic chores - cleaning, cooking, shopping.
Personal care - washing, dressing, toileting.
Family responsibilities - caring for younger siblings, managing money, paying domestic bills.
Medical care - administer medication/injections, moving and handling or operating mobility aids.
Emotional support for other family members and the person(s) they care for.
How does this affect them?
Recent statistics revealed that 6,785 young people identified themselves as Young Carers.
This means Approximately 1 in 8 young people will have a caring role at some point in their life. (Fife Pupilwise Survey 17/18)