Young Carers

Young carers are children/young people who care for family member(s) who:

  • suffer from an illness
  • have a disability
  • have mental ill-health issues
  • suffer from substance misuse

Their caring role has an impact as they often take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities. Under normal circumstances an adult would provide the care.
Young carers may want to keep these things to themselves. They may worry about bullying or stigma so adults work with children to share the responsibility. Adults try to understand the impact a caring responsibility may have on young carers and work out how to best support them

New Legislation

The carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1st April 2018.  The Act places new duties to help identify and support adult and young carers.
The duties include:

  • Provide information, advice and advocacy support for young carers
  • Involve and consult young carers on a variety of matters that affect them
  • Duty to offer young carer statements

We have completed a full consultation with young carers and they have told us that the following are most important to them:

  • Sharing responsibility
  • Keeping connected
  • Balancing time
  • Being involved
  • Emotional wellbeing

These outcomes have been used to update.  ‘Getting it right for young carers in Fife’ local strategy and action plan.  This provides important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife. See details below:

  • Getting it right for young carers in fife 2018
  • Getting it right for young carers in Fife 2018 summary (To be added later)  


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Short breaks information

The fund 'time for me' is available for young carers. This is to help improve the range of opportunities available and to allow them to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Staff across services can support young carers to apply for up to £500 to help them follow their interests, take part in activities or events they enjoy. See details below.

The Creative Breaks Fund supports adult and young carers to take a short break from their caring role. This is available via Fife Voluntary Action. See details below.

Fife Young Carers Service is a registered charity which supports young carers throughout Fife. This service provides a variety of support to young carers. The type of support a young carer receives depends upon their individual circumstances.

  • Day trips; group activities; and individual support
  • Young Carers Authorisation Card (see links below)


For more information contact:

Education and Learning Directorate
Tel: 01592 583372

Fife Young Carers
Tel: 01592 786717



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