Young Carers Awareness Day is a national day of recognition for the 700,000 young carers in the UK.

Young carers

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

We want Young Carers Awareness Day to get everyone talking about the thousands of carers who are so often unidentified, and who miss out on the vital services and support that they are entitled to. 

Young Carers Awareness Day 2017

Following on from the success in 2016, we are pleased to announce that the date has been set for the next Carers Trust Young Carers Awareness Day – Thursday 26 January 2017.

In 2016 it was a resounding success with millions of people getting involved by hosting events and sending supportive messages, and with extensive print, radio and television coverage.

There is more to come! Look out for more details and ways to get involved in the coming months.

New research: young carers missing out on childhood

Research released to mark Young Carers Awareness Day reveals that 80% of young carers are missing out on childhood experiences because of caring for family or friends.

Instead of seeing friends, enjoying hobbies and completing, these children, as young as 10-years-old, are cleaning, cooking, administering medicine, shopping and looking after a brother or sister – along with many other daily tasks.

An audience with young carers

We invited more than 20 young and young adult carers to put their questions and concerns about being a carer to a carefully selected panel. The event was chaired by Nicky Cox, Editor of First News — the children's national newspaper. Watch a recording of the event.

Help to raise awareness

Carers Trust has a range of free resources to help services, schools and colleges to identify and support young carers and young adult carers.

You can request free promotional posters and postcards to help raise awareness of Babble and Matter by emailing us on web@carers.org, or download our infographic and awareness raising materials with more information about young carers.