There are an estimated 44,000 young carers in Scotland aged under 18.
It is the intention of the Scottish Government that Scotland’s young carers should be supported on a consistent basis so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in good health and to have a life alongside caring. The intention is that young carers should have a childhood similar to their non-carer peers and to remove any inappropriate caring roles they may be undertaking.
Support is available for young carers at local and national level and consists of both bespoke young carer services and wider support available to all of Scotland’s young people.
The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance (SYCSA) is one of the seven Scottish Government funded National Carer Organisations. The SYCSA is made up of organisations from across Scotland who support and represent young carers.
Page updated: Wednesday, August 16, 2017