A carer is someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation (Care Act 2014).

The person supported may not be able to cope without the support of the carer due to illness, disability, mental health or substance misuse problems. The carer does not get paid for providing this support.

Carers can be:

  • Adults caring for other adults
  • Parents caring for children who are ill or have a disability
  • Young carers under 17 years caring for, or involved in the care of, a parent, sibling, relative or friend.

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Last updated: 07/10/2022

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