Young carers

​Your child may be looking after someone in your family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a substance misuse issue, and will probably be taking on a practical and emotional caring role.

How can I help?

  • Let your child have time with their friends.
  • Listen to what they have to say.
  • Ensure your child has time for their own hobbies and interests.
  • Find a Young Carers' support network in your area.
  • Keep in touch with the school.
  • Involve your child in decisions and plans where appropriate.

Where can I find further advice?

Young Scot has information on how to apply for the Young Carers Package, Carer's Allowance and the Young Carers Grant. You can also hear stories from other young people on their experience of being a carer. has a range of information and advice on grants, being a young carer and links to other available support.

And Care Information Scotland has information on caring for yourself while being a young carer.