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Help for young carers

Looking after someone in your family can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult, and be especially hard for young people.

It may make things more difficult at school, mean you don't have time to go out with your friends, do homework, or do things you'd like to do. 

There is help available for young carers. The council can help suggest things that will make things easier for you, and help you continue to help your family.

What is a young carer?

You are a young carer if you're under 18 and you look after someone in your family who:

  • is ill or disabled
  • uses drugs or alcohol

This person could be a parent, grandparent, brother, or sister.

How your local council can help

All young carers are eligible for a young carer's assessment.

This is a way of understanding how the council could help you or put you in touch with organisations that can offer the support you need. Read about the assessment in more detail.

Arrange a young carer's assessment

For any other queries about young carers' support in Essex, email young.carers@essex.gov.uk 

Concerned about a young person?

Concerned about someone under 18 who is providing care for someone? Use Essex County Council's online referral form .

More information and support

Action for Children has resources for young carers

Carers Trust has information about resources for young carers

Healthwatch Essex has advice for young carers

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