Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has a problem with drugs or alcohol.
Young carers may look after parents, care for a brother or sister, or other relative. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
Referrals are received from a wide range of individuals and professionals. They are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided. Support is targeted so that the young carers with high caring responsibilities receive the highest level of support.