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Bracknell Forest Safeguarding Board

Am I a Young Carer?

Last updated: 21/03/2023

If you answer yes to these questions, then it’s likely you are a young carer.

  1. Do you look after or support a relative with an illness, disability, addiction or mental health condition?

  2. Are you under 18 (or under 25 if you have special educational needs or a disability)?

    A ‘young carer’ is defined in section 96 of the Children and Families Act 2014 as:
    “…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person.”

    This relates to care for any family member who is physically or mentally ill, frail elderly, disabled or misuses alcohol or substances.

    As a young carer you are entitled to a free young carers assessment. This is regardless of who is being cared for, what type of care is provided or how often the care is provided. To get an assessment you can contact Bracknell Forest Council's young carers service directly by:

    If you are an older carer then details of support for you can be found at Signal Carers Service