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Young Carers

What does being a young carer mean?

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old, who look after a member of the family

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old, who look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol.

Lots of children and young people want to help out and feel proud that they are lending a hand. At the same time the impact of these caring responsibilities may cause difficulties at home, school, college or elsewhere.

Sometimes it can be difficult to recognise someone as a young carer, but does this sound like your family or a family you know?

Working in partnership with Carers Support West Sussex and the West Sussex Young Carers Team we are pleased too have youth workers from Sussex Clubs for Young People providing a place of respite for young carers on Monday evenings.

To make a referral email youngcarers@westsussex.gov.uk or
to speak to them about a young carer, call 01903 270300 and ask to talk to the ‘Young Carers Duty Worker’.

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