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Young Carers

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Who is a Young Carer

A young carer is a person under the age of 18 who provides, or intends to provide, care for any family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, has a long term condition or misuses substances.

Young carers have to provide extra help and support to someone else in their family in a way that most other young people do not have to. They maybe washing, cooking, shopping and providing personal care such as dressing or washing or helping someone to move around. They may have to look after younger brothers and sisters. Or they may support a relative when their mood gets low. Each young carer’s situation is different.


Are you or do you know a young carer?

If you are a parent who is looked after by a young carer, or you are a young carer, you are entitled to an assessment. It does not matter who is cared for, what type of care is provided or how often the care is provided. There are a variety of ways in which an assessment can take place involving the whole family.


Finding Support

Support for carers under 18 is provided by Bracknell Forest Council.

We work closely with the service to ensure a smooth transition for carers approaching adulthood.

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Call: 01344 464 731

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Youthline provide a free, confidential counselling service for young people attending secondary school, and young adults up to the age of 25. They offer a safe and supportive environment with a team of counsellors. Call: 01344 311200. EmailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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If you need help or someone to talk to, if you are in distress or danger, contact Childline, for free 24-hours a day, on 0800 1111.


KOOTH, online free counselling and mental health support for young people.


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