Help for young carers

If you’re a young person who is looking after someone, we will try to support you as much as possible with specialised help and advice.

Further information

Young people who regularly look after someone, sometimes don’t think of themselves as carers, and don’t realise help and support is available.

What support is available?

Barnardo's CareFree Young Carers Service

We will try to help young carers by sharing some of their care commitments, helping them to have time off and to make plans for when they cannot provide their usual support.

We encourage young people to use Leicester’s specialist Young Carers Service - CareFree, which is provided by Barnardo’s. To find out about the support options available visit the link below:

Being referred for a young carers assessment

You may be referred for an assessment to decide what type and level of support is needed.

The person receiving the care will also be assessed to make sure they are getting sufficient help, and make sure the young carer's role is not excessive considering their age and their own needs. If you are a young carer, you may be entitled to services in your own right.

Useful links

  • Carers Trust is an online service where you can join an online community to discuss your experiences with other young carers.
  • NHS Choices has a dedicated section with information for young carers.