A young carer is a child, youth or young adult that provides physical, medical, emotional or other supports to a parent, grandparent or sibling. Young carers are between the ages of 8 and 24 years old.
Ontario has an estimated 3.3 million family caregivers. 17% are young carers between the ages of 15 and 24. Children under the age of 15 aren’t reported but we know their out there.
While we know that children and youth can benefit from participating and being involved in care, we also know that being a young carer can cause and create stress for children and youth so it is important that we are aware of this and check in with them regularly.
Young caregivers are at greater risk of; increased stress, depressive symptoms, low self-esteem, higher levels of anxiety, loneliness, and isolation and difficulty relating to peers.