A "young carer" is a person under the age of 26 who helps to look after a family member with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, or drug or alcohol problem.
Young carers could be caring for a parent, sibling or grandparent. Young carers might help out with housework, manage household finances, assist with personal care, and/or provide social and emotional support. There are over 40,000 young carers in WA.
Even though it can be a rewarding experience, caring can also be challenging for young people. It can have an impact on educational achievements, emotional wellbeing, relationships with family members, and social activities.
The Carers WA Young Carer program offers young carers aged 8 to 25 access to specific information, service referrals and counselling, plus social support in the form of camps, school holiday activities and outings. The Young Carer team also visits schools to educate school staff about young carers in the classroom.