If your child or children are 18 or younger, and they look after someone at home, we can help.

They are a young carer if they:
  • Are 18 or younger
  • And they help to care for someone at home
They may be regularly helping a family member, adult or child who has any of the following:
  • A longterm illness or health condition, such as epilepsy or diabetes
  • A physical disability, such as mobility issues or blindness
  • someone who ‘has a diagnosis of’ is ‘currently experiencing' or ‘is being treated for a mental health problem.
  • A problem with drugs or alcohol
They may have to do some of the following jobs:
  • Help someone to move from place to place
  • Help someone wash or go to the toilet
  • Help someone get dressed
  • Cook meals
  • Do the housework
  • Get the food shopping
  • Collect benefits and prescriptions
  • Give someone their medicine or pills
  • Go with someone to the doctor or hospital
  • Take responsibility for a brother or sister
  • Translate or interpret for someone
  • Manage the family’s budget
  • Cheer someone up or help them when they are feeling down

If you think you have identified a young carer, then contact us today

12a Identify a Young Carer
If you live in Dorset:

Visit Carer Support Dorset to refer a young carer for a young carer assessment, get a carers card and advice on services https://www.carersupportdorset.co.uk/ or call 0800 368 8349

Visit Leonardo Trust for free counselling for your child or if you would like to apply for a grant https://www.leonardotrust.org/ 


If you are part of BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole)

Visit Children’s First Response to refer a young carer for assessment  or 01202 735046

Young carers can access further advice via The Mix The Mix - Essential support for under 25s