With an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK, we want to support Carer’s Trust and recognise the challenges young carers face every day. This year, the theme of YCAD is ‘When I grow up’ and focuses on the future of young carers, helping them achieve their dream jobs.
What is a young carer?
A young carer is a young person, under 18, who helps to look after a family member or friend. They may be responsible for cooking and cleaning, or helping someone get dressed and going about the day. Caring for someone will often require physical help, for example looking after a disabled relative, though it can also involve emotional support too. This is often a full-time job, despite the young carer still being in education.
Some people may be very young when they start caring, and this often means they do not know they’re a...