Request a carer's assessment

Find out about the help we offer carers and young carers

Young carer's assessment

Looking after someone in your family can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult, and be especially hard for young people.

It may make things more difficult at school, mean you don't have time to go out with your friends, do homework, or do things you'd like to do.

What is a young carer?

You are a young carer if you're under 18 and you look after someone in your family who:

  • is ill or disabled
  • uses drugs or alcohol

This person could be a parent, grandparent, brother, or sister.

How we can help

Young carers are entitled to a young carer's assessment.

This involves speaking to you, the person being cared for, and the rest of your immediate family, if relevant.

The kinds of support you may be offered could include:

  • access to a young carers group with peer support, information, advice, and guidance from specialist staff
  • opportunities to take a break
  • support with issues at work, school or college

Other services may be provided depending on what you need.

Contacting us about a young carer's assessment

Arrange a young carer's assessment

For any other queries about young carers' support in Essex, email

Concerned about a young person?

Concerned about someone under 18 who is providing care for someone? Use our online referral form.

More information

Action for Children has information and advice for young carers

Carers Trust has information and advice for young carers

Healthwatch Essex has advice for young carers