Young Carers

Young carers are children/young people who care for family member(s) who:

  • suffer from an illness, 
  • have a disability, 
  • have mental ill-health issues
  • suffer from substance misuse. 

Their caring role has an impact on their lives as they often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities.  Under normal circumstances an adult would provide the care.

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 lonely as their time is often taken up with caring tasks and there are few opportunities for friendships or socialising.

Young carers may want to keep these things to themselves for many reasons such as worrying about bullying, so adults work with children to share the responsibility.  Adults try to understand the impact a caring responsibility may have on young carers and work out how to best help and support them.

The strategy  'Getting it right for young carers in Fife 2012-15' provides important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife.

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Respite for young carers

Introduction of the fund 'time for me' is available for young carers. This is to help improve the range of opportunities available for them and also to allow them 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, take part in activities or events they enjoy.  See details on how to apply below.

The Creative Breaks Fund supports adult and young carers to take a short break from their caring role.  See details on how to apply below: 


Fife Young Carers Service is a registered charity which supports young carers throughout Fife.

This service provides a variety of support to young carers 

  • day trips;  group activities; and individual support. 

The type of support a young carer receives depends upon their circumstances.  Their support worker decides the best options.  The Young Carers Authorisation Card can help young people access the support they need. Click on the links below to read these documents.

For more information contact:

Education and Learning Directorate
Tel: 01592 583372

FifeYoung Carers
Tel: 01592 223893




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