How can I identify a young carer?
Identifying a young carer is the first step to linking them in with support. Some common signs that young person is in a caring role may be that the young person:
How can I help a young carer?
Once you have identified a young carer, it is essential to link them in with support. Here are some general tips, but every caring situation is different. You can also call us on 1800 242 636 to discuss a particular case in more detail.
“I regularly had trouble handing in my assignments on time as there were so many interruptions. This also was very frustrating, even though mum couldn’t help being unwell.”
– Young carer, age 18, cares for a parent who has a chronic illness
“Sometimes it stops me from being able to complete my homework and obtain adequte sleep which is important in Year 12 because the last thing I want is to fall behind”
– Young carer, age 17, cares for a sibling who has autism
“This year I have managed to find a really good teacher who has helped me out a lot with my school work and just my feelings in general and this has meant the world to me.”
– Young carer, age 17, cares for a sibling who has a disability