What rights do young carers have?

What rights do young carers have?

Brief details of rights that young carers are entitled to, taken from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Young carer.

As a child a young carer has the right to: 

  • a childhood
  • have an education
  • be healthy
  • be heard, listened to and believed
  • be protected from physical and psychological harm
  • be consulted and fully involved in discussions which affect their lives.
  • have privacy and respect.

Further detail can be found in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

A young carer has a particular right to:

  • request an assessment to see what help and support they and their family need
  • choose the amount of care they receive
  • be protected from excessive or inappropriate caring that impacts on their health and wellbeing
  • information and advice.