A young carer is a young person under 18 years of age who helps to look after a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem.
Caring can involve physical or emotional care, or being responsible for someone’s safety and wellbeing. The level of responsibility assumed by a young carer is often inappropriate to their age and beyond the level of simply helping out at home as part of the process of growing up.
By signing up to the charter Healthwatch County Durham has pledged to support young carers by continuing to raise awareness about what a young carer is and the challenges that they may face. Staff and Board members are kept updated on this work and we hope to share information with our volunteers in the New Year.