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What activities might a young carer do? - Young Carers

The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care, and the structure of the family as a whole.

Despite this, caring is unpaid and ongoing.

Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. These can include:

  • Practical tasks - cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care - lifting or helping someone use the stairs.
  • Personal care - dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Emotional support - listening, calming, being present.
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Medication management.
  • Looking after younger siblings.
  • Helping someone to communicate. ( Carers Trust and Children's Society)

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