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Young Carers

A young carer is a person under the age of 18 years who provides care for another person, most commonly a parent or sibling. This is because that person has an illness, disability, mental health problem or problems with addiction to alcohol or drugs.


A young person talking to a member of staff at Leigh House

There are many children and young people in Hampshire who are young carers. The 2001 Census showed that there are 3,300 young people in Hampshire who are young carers and many may feel alone or isolated and unable to talk to anyone about their situation. Help is available for them and their families.

School Nurses work closely with Education, Social Care and other health professionals and are able to provide information and support. There are projects and support groups within Hampshire to support young carers. To find out about projects in your area please go to the ‘Young Carers Services’ section of the Include Programme website

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Related information

Young Carers (Hampshire County Council)

Carers Trust

Information and resources for schools

Include programme

Young carers school resource 

Supporting pupils who are young carers

Support and advice if you have a brother or sister with a disability

Hampshire Young Carers Alliance