A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of someone, usually in their family. Many young carers assume significant levels of responsibility normally associated with an adult. It should not be assumed that all children whose parents are ill or disabled are automatically young carers, however an increasing number of disabled and ill adults are forced to rely on their children for their survival and wellbeing, resulting in their children becoming young carers.
VoiCeS Northumberland has gathered information about services and support available to young carers in Northumberland and has presented this as a directory of support for young carers. The directory is designed to be used by young carers, their families and practitioners who want to find out more about local support available.
Support for young carers in Northumberland is offered through generic young people’s services and a few dedicated young carers services, some of which are VCS organisations and some statutory agencies.