Wednesday 27 October 2021 |

Young Carers’


Young Carers’


A young carer is a child or young person under 18 whose life is affected by caring for a family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental health difficulties, sensory or learning disability or has a problematic use of drugs or alcohol.


Looking after a person might mean:


  • listening to them and keeping them company
  • cooking meals and making drinks
  • interpreting and translating
  • looking after brothers and sisters when parents are unwell
  • cleaning and tidying the house
  • providing personal care such as helping with dressing and bathing
  • doing shopping, laundry, ironing
  • helping with medication
  • managing finances


Young Carers' ID Card Scheme


Apply for a Young Carers' ID Card


The ID Card will:


  • Give permission for healthcare professionals to share information with a young carer about the health of the person they are caring for in 4 different areas. These areas are: Medication, Diagnosis, Prognosis and Discharge/Care Planning (see The Application Process and FAQ for more details)
  • The card also acts as an alert. If a young carer has an accident and is taken to hospital, their Young Carer ID Card will make staff aware that there is potentially a vulnerable person at home.


Enquiries & Referrals:


To make an enquiry or referral for a young carer please call 0116 286 7182 during office hours and ask to speak to a city CareFree project worker. 
Or, you can make a secure online referral via our website.  Please note you must have the family's permission to make a referral.
Alternatively, if you or someone you know, is a young carer and needs some extra help and support, please write to the Leicester City Council at 91 Granby Street, Leicester, LE1 6FB.


Barnardo's CareFree Young Carers' Service was established in 1996 to offer a wide range of practical and emotional support services to young carers in Leicester and Leicestershire.
Leicester City Council page on help, assessments and support for Young Carers’.
Your rights as a Young Carer




Voluntary organisations that support carers