There are over 40,000 young carers within WA who take on additional responsibilities within their family. As a young carer, it is important to know that you are not alone. There are other young people with similar experiences to you and free support services for your individual needs.
Who is a young carer?
A “young carer” is a person under the age of 25 who helps support a member of their household who is experiencing a mental health challenge, disability, long term health condition (including a chronic condition or terminal illness), a substance dependency or who is frail aged. Watch our short video to discover more about who a young carer is.
For many young carers, helping to look after somebody else is just a normal part of life, just like going to school or work. Even though this can be a rewarding experience, it can sometimes be challenging. At Carers WA, we actively engage with education facilities and service providers to educate staff and increase awareness and support for young carers in the classroom and community.
What support is available for young carers?
The Carers WA Young Carer team offers a range of free services for young carers aged 8 to 25. We also have resources available for education facilities.