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Some children help look after someone in their family by:

  • Staying in the house a lot to be there for them.
  • Helping them to get up, get washed or get dressed, or helping with toileting
  • Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking
  • looking after younger brothers and sisters.
  • Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on

For many families, relying on your child to care for you may seem like the only option. You may be a single parent family with no relatives living nearby who can help, or a two parent family but one of you works long hours or away from home. However your children should not be expected to carry out inappropriate levels of caring which might adversely impact their wellbeing, their development or life chances.

If you feel that your children are taking on more of a caring role than you would like, please read these pages for parents, or email us with a question.

See Disabled parentís rights

The following useful publications are available from the Disabled Parents Network : New parents , Express yourself, Getting the help you need and Personal budgets.

See our Joint Statements on young carers and disabled parents, which we share with The Disabled Parents Network, The Childrenís Society Include Project and a number of other organisations.