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A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps look after a family member or a friend who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. There are about 700,000 young carers in the UK, so there are likely to be young carers in every school and college. In this blog, written by information development nurse Teri, we explain what can help young carers and how they can feel more supported.
Being diagnosed with cancer is stressful enough, but it can be even harder if you need to depend on a young carer. It can be difficult having to rely on someone so young to do things that other people their age might not have to do.
Being a young carer can affect their emotional and physical well-being. You may worry how it is affecting their school work, free time and relationships. It’s also difficult to know how your caring needs may change and if your young carer may later need more urgent support.
Often a young carer may not even realise that they are a carer, so they may not know what support is available to them.
Here are some ways you can help support a young carer:
These are just some of the things you can do to support a young person who is looking after you. We have more information for young carers in our booklet A guide for young people looking after someone with cancer.
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