Facts and figures
It is estimated there are at least 175,000 young carers in Britain (and this may be an underestimate) and approximately 1,500 young carers in Calderdale. Last year, the Young Carers Service was in contact with over 220 young carers. Most of these are girls (60%) and most caring for a parent (usually mother), but some care for a brother or sister. The majority of adults who have care needs have a mental health problem. It is estimated that there are up to 30 young carers on roll in a typical Secondary School and a number of these are likely to be having problems with some part of their education.
A "passport" helps to ensure that young people who have caring responsibilities for relatives receive the support they need from their schools. The Young Carers Passport is a discrete way of letting their teachers and school staff know when they are struggling in school because of their caring responsibilities.
This site is for young people who are caring for someone who is ill or disabled
Website: Young Carers Direct
Telephone: 0808 802 0202
Carers Trust: Babble
Babble is an online space for carers under the age of 18 who are looking after someone who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a substance misuse problem. The site provides a safe, fun and supportive space to bring young carers together.
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people.
Telephone: 0800 1111