Young carers are children and young people whose life has been affected by their significant 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, launched in June 2012 provide important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife.
Fife Young Carers
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.
For more information contact:
Education and Learning Directorate
Tel: 01592 583372
Tel: 01592 223893