Young Carer Survey
This survey aims to find out what identification and support is being provided across the borough of Bracknell Forest for young carers. Your answers will be anonymous; this means no one will know who you are.
What is a young carer?
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
Recent research shows that one in five secondary school children may be a young carer. For many, their caring journey begins at a much younger age. Caring for someone can be very isolating, worrying and stressful. For young carers, this can negatively impact on their experiences and outcomes in education, having a lasting effect on their life chances.
What might a young carer do?
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed
- Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions
- Helping to give medicine
- Helping someone communicate
- Looking after brothers and sisters
Information above taken from the Carers Trust.
A young carer may also be a secondary carer, for example they could be helping a parent out at home with cooking and cleaning or they could be visiting and helping grandparents regularly in the evenings or weekends.