Young carers

Young carers are children and young people whose lives have been affected by their caring role for a family member who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Caring for someone can be a positive experience and many young carers say they learn important skills and feel good about their caring role. Being a young carer can also be very lonely. Often, time is so taken up with caring tasks that there are few opportunities for friendships or socialising. Young carers may want to keep these things to themselves for a number of reasons, perhaps being worried about bullying.

Adults working with children share the responsibility of understanding the impact caring responsibilities may have on young carers and to know how to best help and support them.

The "Getting it right for young carers in Fife 2012-15" strategy document and accompanying summary paper, provide important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife.  The Young Carers Authorisation Card can help young people access the support they need. Click on the links below to read these documents.

Click 'play' below to watch Jake & Julia's story and learn more about the lives of young carers:

Respite for Young Carers

The Time for me! fund has been introduced to help improve the range of opportunities available for young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Staff across services can support young carers to apply for up to £500 to help them follow their interests and take part in activities, events etc. Please see the publications list below for details on how to apply.

In addition the Creative Breaks Fund supports adult and young carers in their highly valued role to enable them to take a short break from their caring responsibilities. Information about how to apply for this fund can be accessed on the Fife voluntary Action website –

Fife Young Carers Service

Fife Young Carers is a registered charity which supports young carers throughout Fife. This service provides a variety of support to young carers from day trips and group activities to individual support. The type of support a young carer receives depends upon their circumstances and is decided by their support worker.

Click 'play' to watch a video on support available to young carers in Fife and to learn about the Young Carers Authorisation Card:

For more information contact:

Education and Children's Services Directorate
Tel: 01592 583372

FifeYoung Carers
Tel: 01592 223893

Education Service
Tel: 01592 583372 Contact Education Service online
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ
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