Am I a young carer?

Are you a young carer?Quite simply…

  • Do you help to look after a member of your family, who is ill or disabled, or who uses drugs or alcohol?

  • Do you take on responsibility for things that would normally be done by an adult?

If you answered yes to these questions then you are a young carer.

You might look after you mum or dad, a brother or sister, or someone else in your family. Maybe you have to cook meals, go shopping or make sure someone takes their medicine. Or you might be giving emotional support to the person you help.

The person you look after might have a physical disability, mental health problems, a long term illness or might misuse drugs or alcohol.

Whatever your role, we can help to make sure it doesn’t stop you having a life of your own.

If you think you are a young carer and would like some help from us, please let us know.

For Families

If you would like to self refer – Download a referral form here: Are you a Young Carer – Referral Form 2017.

For Professionals

If you are a professional and would like to refer a young carer to us please download this form: Referral form Young Carers Service

Please note there are 2 levels of Young Carer Support in Hertfordshire. If you feel that the Young Carer you would like to refer needs more targeted support please refer to the Families First Young Carers Team via the single service request form rather than Carers in Hertfordshire. There is a checklist below which gives guidance as to the most appropriate service to refer to.

Checklist for young carer referrals