Young carers

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A young carer is a child or young person up to the age of 18 whose life is affected by looking after someone (being a carer) with a disability or a long-term illness, mental health problem or problem with drugs or alcohol.

Young carers 'provide care above that normally expected of someone their age'.

Support for young carers

There are a number of support services available for young carers:

Young carers service at York Carers Centre

17 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

York Carers Centre provides support for young carers aged 8 to 18, including:

  • one-to-one sessions, a chance to have a cup of tea with your key worker and get things off your chest
  • regular groups to meet other young carers who understand what its like
  • trips and activities to get away from caring responsibilities
  • young carer assessments

York Carers Centre also offers support to 'young adult' carers, aged between 18 and 25, including:

  • advice
  • one-to-one support
  • information and services that could help you
  • help with employment , education and training
  • the opportunity to socialise with other young adult carers

Tel: 01904 715490
Web: York Carers Centre

Young Carers Revolution

17 Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET

This is a movement of change for young carers in York. By developing a voice for young carers and using it well, this will make a positive difference to issues faced by young carers. You can also view a DVD made by the group link to the 'Unusual Suspects', to find out more about what it means to be a young carer. 

Tel: 01904 715490
Web: Young Carers Revolution

York 'Young Carer's Card'

This is for young carers in secondary schools who are finding it difficult at school because they are looking after someone at home. Young carers can carry the card with them at school and show it to teachers when they need support.

The card is for young carers who are unable to, or find it difficult to arrive at school on time, stay after school without earlier warning, or finish homework on time. Young carers may also need to carry a mobile phone with them, leave early on occasions, or talk to someone.

Young carers can ask their Head of Year at their school for a card, or contact the Young Carers Service at York Carers Centre for more information.

Adult Social Care Team

Our adult social care team is the first point of contact for all enquiries. Contact us from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. In an emergency you can use the 'Out Of Hours Service' on tel: 0845 034 9417.

Children's Social Services Team

Tel: 01904 551900
Web: YorOK

Family Information Service

West Offices, Station Rise, York Y01 6GA

Tel: 01904 554444
Web: York Family Information Service


The YorOK website supports children, young people, parents and carers, and anyone who looks after or works with children and young people in York.

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