There are more than
young carers in the UK

We try to give them back their childhood

Who are young carers?

Family circumstances mean that from an early age some children and young people provide regular or ongoing care and support to another family member as a result of them having a physical or mental illness, a disability, or are struggling with substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

  • Young carers are more likely to be bullied by their peers.
  • Young carers are more likely to live in low-income families.

12 years Average age of a young carer

29,000 Young carers who care for up to 50 hours a week

Over 50% Young carers who live in one-parent families

Young carers are in a position where they have to assume a level of responsibility that would normally only be asked of an adult. The stress and anxiety that this can cause can leave them feeling isolated and unsupported. Many miss out on their childhood and youth as time constraints make it impossible for them to attend school or take part in leisure activities with their peers.

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244,000 people under 19 are carers

Fatmah's story

I became a young carer a while ago when my mum became ill and my dad lost his legs. I know my mum appreciates all I do because she knows that whenever she needs me I’m right by her side.

Read her story

We currently work with over 2,000 young carers

Spurgeons know that these children and young people need help to overcome the challenges they face. We work in partnership with other agencies to support young carers and young adult carers (18-25), individually and within their families in a range of ways.

"I come to Spurgeons because I can get a few hours away from caring and enjoy myself, you treat me with respect." - Wolverhampton Young Carer
"Spurgeons have a professional approach to their work and have clear understanding of the needs of both the Council and the service users" - Local Authority Commissioner
  • Time out through groups, trips and activities
  • Information, advice and practical help for the family
  • Educational, training and homework support
  • One-to-one tailored support
  • Transition support
  • Mentoring support