By ‘young carer’ the Scottish Government mean “a child or young person aged under 18 who has a significant role in looking after someone else who is experiencing illness or disability”.

This means that you are a ‘young carer’ if you help to look after a parent, grandparent, brother or sister, or another relative, or a friend or neighbour, who is unwell, or is disabled. You will be a young carer if you are helping to look after someone who has a mental health problem, or who is having difficulty as a result of their use of illegal or prescription drugs or alcohol.

Further information can be found at

Aberdeenshire Council website – Support for young carers

Scottish Government website – Getting It Right For Young Carers: The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland: 2010 – 2015 Summary

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