Young carers are children who take on responsibilities in caring for parents, siblings and others, who could have a disability, mental ill health, drug or alcohol dependency or a whole range of other issues.

These responsibilities may be inappropriate for a child, and can affect the young carer’s ability to enjoy their childhood and grow up with the same opportunities as their peers. Young carers can be subject to stigmatisation or bullying and may underachieve at school.

Young carers are an often overlooked and vulnerable group of young people with a great variety of needs and circumstances.


In October 2013 the government announced that it has 'tabled an amendment to the Children and Families Bill to help improve services for young carers.'

DfE webpage press release young carers

Children's Society press release young carers

The Children's  Trust and Merton Safeguarding Children Board oversee the Young Carers Strategy 2013-16.

Download a copy here: Merton Young Carers Strategy 2013-16

Related websites

Carers Support Merton - support and information for carers

See also

Merton-i - community services and wellbeing