A Young Carer is someone under 18 looking after someone by providing large amounts and regular care that continues over time and is important in maintaining the health, safety or day-to-day well-being of the person cared for and the wider family.

The types of tasks being carried out are often regular and would usually be done by an adult. The term does not apply for everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families.

This could be helping to care for a physically disabled parent or sibling, or a parent experiencing mental ill health, alcohol or drug misuse. The caring role would usually be having a detrimental impact on the young person’s development, such as difficulties at school, emotional difficulties or social isolation.

Somerset County Council provides support, advice and respite breaks for young carers by aiming to:

  • Identify and support young people with caring responsibilities
  • Promote recognition and awareness of their needs and achievements
  • Work alongside other agencies to develop schemes and services which support young carers

Somerset County Council can help you in a number of ways:

  • Answer your questions and give you advice on anything you need to know
  • Give you useful information, which can help you and your family
  • Introduce you to other young people who are in similar situations to you
  • Speak out for you, making sure that your feelings and wishes are heard
  • We run regular groups, where you can take part in exciting and new activities, have a break from home life, and have fun with friends
  • We provide trips and activities during the year that can also give you a break and support from your caring role
  • We can talk to your school about what being a young carer means for you
  • We can signpost you to other organisations that can support you

All referrals must be sent to our Customer Contact Children’s Team and completed using an early help assessment.

To find out more phone Somerset County Council on 0300 123 2224.

Here are some links that might also help you.