Young Carers Awareness Day this year focuses on mental health and the support that young people need in their caring role.

A young carer is a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person. The number of child carers has continued to rise in the UK and these carers typically spend between 20 to 50 hours a week on caring duties. In 2017 it was estimated that there are over 700,000 child carers in the UK. The Children and Families Act 2014  gives young carers the same right to an assessment as adult carers, including the appropriateness of the child providing care in light of their own needs.

It is especially difficult for those who have not had the responsibility of caring for someone to imagine what it is like for someone to undertake this on a daily basis, often under conditions that are economically and socially strained and restrictive. The burden felt by young carers can be immense, and if there is little emotional support, it can overwhelm them.

Produced by Little Fish Films, Gus Filgate’s film Pie tells the story of a young carer’s determination to treat his granny like she used to treat him. The film goes a long way to helping people understand the emotional investment and choices that young people make to make the lives of their loved ones better.

Further reading

Carers’ stories

Carer’s allowance

Carers UK