Young Carers and Young Adult Carers

Young Carers Need

  • To be protected from discrimination
  • Access to education
  • To form and express their own views
  • To spend time with friends
  • To enjoy opportunities for leisure and to relax and play

A young carer is a child or young person aged under 18 who has a significant role in looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability.  A Young Adult Carer is aged between 18-25 and who has a significant caring role. This caring role can have a significant impact on their life.

Identifying Young Carers is an Issue

There are estimated to be over 100,000 young carers in Scotland and many who provide care do not identify themselves as carers. The Scottish Government have produced a publication called Getting it Right for Young Carers.  The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015  which aims to improve outcomes for young carers. It is believed that this is the first ever national young carers’ strategy in Europe. Public consultation has taken place in 2014 and legislation is currently being drafted to improve the well-being of our young carers. 

What Does this Mean if you are a Young Carer with a Parent or Family Member with Dementia?

You are not alone. Many young people are often not only caring for a parent or grandparent, but can also be caring for younger siblings or even a neighbour or friend. Talk to your doctor, teacher or trusted adult and they will direct you to services in East Dunbartonshire.

Help in East Dunbartonshire

Carers Link can offer specific help and support for young carers and young adult carers.

Talking Point Forum – has posts from younger carers and might be very helpful.