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Being an Adult or Young Carer

A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid. 

As a carer, you play a pivotal role in providing care, support, and protection to vulnerable individuals, ensuring their safety, well-being, and dignity. 

Understanding the Role of a Carer

Caring for children and adults often involves supporting individuals with disabilities, elderly persons, or those with chronic illnesses. Your responsibilities might include: 

  • Creating a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Ensuring proper nutrition, medication, healthcare needs, and education.
  • Fostering emotional well-being and stability.
  • Promoting independence while respecting their autonomy.
  • Being an advocate for their rights and well-being. 

Transitioning to Adult Carer

As you transitioned into adulthood, your care-giving role may have evolved:

  • Continued responsibility for care-giving, possibly for the same or different family members.
  • Managing additional complexities, such as employment, financial obligations, and your own family.
  • Reflecting on the impact of your young carer experience on your adult life. 

Safeguarding in the Context of Adult and Young Carer Roles

Adult and young carers face specific vulnerabilities that need safeguarding attention:

  • Emotional strain and mental health impacts resulting from prolonged care-giving.
  • Potential financial challenges and limitations in personal and social development.
  • Balancing personal needs while ensuring the well-being of the cared-for individuals. 

Ensuring Protection and Support

Safeguarding measures for adult and young carers involve:

  • Identifying signs of stress, exhaustion, or neglect in both the carer and the cared-for.
  • Accessing tailored support services, including counselling, respite care, and financial aid.
  • Encouraging open communication and seeking help when feeling overwhelmed. 

Resources and Support

We understand the importance of support for carers: 

Young carers | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

SIGNAL | Support for Carers (signal4carers.org.uk)

Support for carers | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Support for carers of people living with dementia | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)

Dementia support | Bracknell Forest Council (bracknell-forest.gov.uk)


Being an adult and a young carer involves navigating complex responsibilities while ensuring the safety and well-being of both yourself and those you care for. By recognising the challenges and implementing safeguarding measures, we can support adult and young carers in their vital roles. 

To all adult and young carers: Your dedication is commendable, and support is available to assist you in your caregiving journey. Remember to prioritise self-care and seek assistance when needed.