Young carers

A young carer is a child or young person under the age of 18 whose life is affected by providing significant care, assistance or support to a sick or disabled relative at home. The day to day responsibilities of a young carer often include cooking, cleaning, shopping, providing emotional support, providing nursing and personal care.

If you are a young carer aged under 18 it is important that you get the support you need.

A young person who cares for someone may be entitled to an assessment. In order to assess support requirements for the young carer a UNOCINI (Understanding the Needs of Children in Northern Ireland) assessment will be carried out with the young person.

More information

Crossroads NI Young Carers  028 9180 0661

Barnardo’s Young Carers Scheme   028 7963 1344 

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