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Types of carers

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

If you are an informal carer and are worried about how to care for someone during coronavirus (COVID-19), there is information, advice and support available to help you.

For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information, advice and support for informal carers.


  1. Overview
  2. Adult carers
  3. Parent carers
  4. Young carers
  5. Young adult carers


You are a carer if you provide care or support to someone.

This could be a relative, partner or a friend who has care and support needs and can't manage without help in their day to day life.

You don't have to live with the person you care for.

The help you give could be emotional, physical or practical.

Caring can happen at any time and is likely to impact on your life.

You are not paid for the care you provide. If you get Carer's Allowance, this is not classed as a care payment.

The support that is available to you may be different, depending on the type of carer you are.

Adult carers

You are an adult carer if:

  • you are an adult providing care for another adult who needs care and support
  • you are a parent caring for your child who is over the age of 18 

Parent carers

You are a parent carer if:

  • you look after your own child, or have parental responsibility for a child who has a disability or additional needs, and is under the age of 18

Young carers

You are a young carer if:

  • you are a young person under the age of 18 who looks after someone with care and support needs (e.g. a parent, sibling or other relative)

Read more about young carers.

Young adult carers

You are a young adult carer if:

  • you are aged 18 to 24 and provide unpaid care or support to someone who has care and support needs


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