Who are young carers?

Young carers may take on responsibilities at home because someone in their family is disabled, has been ill for a long time, experiences mental ill health, or has a problem linked to alcohol or drugs.

Lots of children & young people want to help out and feel proud that they are lending a hand. At the same time the impact of these caring responsibilities may cause difficulties at home, in school and elsewhere. Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise someone as a young carer - does this sound like your family or a family you know?

What can help young carers?

  • someone to speak to
  • support for the person who is cared for so that children and young people do not have to do so much
  • meeting other young carers and taking part in groups and activities
  • breaks from caring

'Before I went to Young Carers I thought I was the only one – now I know I am not!'

What support is available?

West Sussex Young Carers offer an assortment of different support options to ensure that young carers, and their families, receive the right help and specialist advice.

This includes, but isn't limited to:

  • a variety of groups and group activities, providing fun breaks and a chance to spend time with other young carers as well as a safe place to talk
  • individual casework advice and focussed support to address specific needs of the family
  • short-term funding for respite and regular caring breaks
  • signposting and other additional guidance

For the full information on what services are available, you can find the Young Carers flyer here.


If you, or someone you know, could benefit from any of these services, you can contact West Sussex Young Carers at [email protected]

You can also call the Young Carers Service on 01903 270300 to speak to a duty worker.