Renfrewshire Council

Young carers

What young carers do, the effects of being a young carer, the Young Carer Statement, where to get support.

What young carers do

Young carers take on responsibilities and tasks to support a parent, sibling, relative or friend, like:

  • extra housework, cooking and shopping
  • helping the cared for person to wash or dress
  • taking care of family finances
  • helping a family member with their medication
  • providing emotional support
  • caring for someone with an alcohol or substance misuse issue
  • caring for someone with a mental health illness

The effects of being a young carer

Looking after someone can feel good for young carers.

But sometimes it can be difficult and may mean for you:

  • you may be late for school, or have to take days off
  • it can be difficult to complete homework deadlines
  • you may be worried a lot or all of the time
  • you don't have time to take part in clubs and activities after school or at the weekends
  • it is difficult to talk to anyone about home life, you worry people may not understand, or that you might be treated differently.

You can see a short video on what life is like for young carers on the BBC Newsround website. 

The Young Carer Statement

A Young Carer Statement identifies a young carer's individual needs and personal outcomes and forms a plan to help them achieve their goals.

The aim of a Young Carer Statement is to support young carers to have a life alongside their caring role.

A Young Carer Statement will help with some of the challenges associated with being a young person with caring responsibilities. 

We work in partnership with Renfrewshire Carers Centre to give support to young carers, including

  • group work
  • individual work
  • opportunities to meet other young carers
  • develop new friendships.

Where to get support

If you know someone who is a young carer and who might want a Young Carer Statement, contact Cathy Mearns, Young Carer Social Worker, on 0141 618 6646 or email