Examples of Practice: Supporting young carers in families who may experience stigma

Examples of Practice: Supporting young carers in families who may experience stigma

There are many hidden young carers in communities due to a lack of understanding and identification.

Young carers often remain hidden in their communities, not getting the support they need. There are many reasons young carers go unidentified including a lack of public understanding about who young carers are and young carers themselves not realising that their lives are different from other children’s.

However, one of the main reasons young carers slip through the net is because their parents do not have an obvious condition - so people do not realise young people are caring or think they need any help. This situation can be made worse if the condition itself is stigmatised and a young carer or their family is reluctant or fearful of seeking help.


Young carers and their families who may be more likely to experience stigma can benefit from different types of support.  

PDF iconOut of hours family support for young carers living with a substance misusing adult

The project aims to provide a range of emotional and practical support to families in order to improve outcomes for young carers, the substance misusing adults they care for and the wider family.

PDF iconSupporting families affected by drug and alcohol misuse

This initiative brings together knowledge, skills and experience from the adults and children’s sector to deliver a whole family approach that looks at how substance misuse effects the whole family.

PDF iconSupporting young carers from families affected by HIV

An initiative that works closely with families affected by HIV, faith and community leaders, schools, local social services and GPs to provide all round support for young carers.

Examples of practice