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Who is a young carer?

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide regular and on-going care to another person who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances. Many young people don’t see themselves as carers and may not realise there is practical and emotional support available in Essex.


You may be a young carer if you:



The effects of being a young carer


How can a key worker help?

The Essex Youth Service offer free personalised support to young carers and their families that will be developed with you around your need for help and the caring you do.


The service offers:



More information on the young carers service can be found on the Essex Youth Service website.


How can you access the service?

Families or young carers themselves can self-refer or a referral can be made by professionals including GP’s, NHS staff, Social Workers and Teachers. This can be done via an online form or by emailing