Young Carers

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Young Carers

There are over 40,000 young people in WA who have a sibling, parent or family member with disability, physical or mental health challenges – they are called ‘young carers’. It is important to recognise that young carers take on extra practical and emotional responsibilities that other young people don’t have to.

The support that young carers provide does not go unnoticed. There is free support and a team dedicated to helping young carers thrive and reach their individual goals.

Refer A Young Carer

To refer a young carer directly, please complete a referral or self-referral form here
or call us on 1300 227 377.

Please note, this is not an emergency or crisis service. If the situation is an emergency, please contact Emergency Services on 000, Lifeline: 13 11 14, Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800.

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.

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 families, education facilities and service providers to increase awareness and support for young carers in the community.

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