Many people need special care in their homes. They may be ill, disabled or elderly, or they may have
drug or alcohol problems. Caring for a member of the family can be a big help. When the carer is a
child or a young person it is very important to make sure that they are getting everything they need
If your child has any caring role, for yourself or another member of their family, it is most important
that they do not suffer because of their caring role. It can be difficult for a child to take on the
responsibilities of an adult and find themselves supporting a parent as well as younger brothers or
They can be so busy looking after others that they forget to look after themselves and their health,
schoolwork and friendships may suffer. You don’t have to cope alone, there are organisations that can
help you and your child get the support and advice you both need.
Your child is missing school, feeling tired all the time and acting unusually.
They may be finding their caring role difficult to cope with. Are they doing too much?
Find out about support available. Tell the relevant authorities. Talk about relieving their pressure.