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Can I Tell You About Being a Young Carer?

Can I Tell You About Being a Young Carer?

A Guide for Children, Family and Professionals

Jo Aldridge, illustrated by Jack Aldridge Deacon

Part of the Can I tell you about...? series

Quick Overview

This illustrated book is an introduction to life as a young carer. Follow Carly as we learn what responsibilities she has in the home, why she cares for her mum, her worries and concerns, as well as all the positive aspects of being a carer. Carly's story raises awareness about the needs of young carers for children, families and professionals.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 6.06in / 228mm x 154mm, 56pp
ISBN: 9781785925269
2018, ePUB
ISBN: 978-1-78450-922-4
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Meet Carly. Carly is a young person caring for her mother who has Multiple Sclerosis and depression.

Part of the best-selling Can I Tell You about... series, this book raises awareness about children who live with and care for parents or other relatives in the home. It describes what young carers like Carly do, and the practical and emotional impact caring can have on home and school life, both positive and negative. It also explains what support is available for young carers, including from family, friends and teachers as well as other professionals and online. Carly's story will help young carers explore their worries and concerns, and help family members and professionals support young carers.


'I warmly welcome this important new resource for young carers. For much too long young carers have been a 'hidden army', often misunderstood whilst struggling to support a much- loved family member, maintain their education and look to the future. That future can seem very frightening, but this book offers not only a range of practical information for young carers and those who support them. It reminds us of the importance of relationships and peer support and the real possibility of a good and valued life as a young carer.'
- Dame Philippa Russell, Vice-President, Carers UK

'Can I Tell You About Being a Young Carer? is packed with important insights into the range of struggles that children with caring responsibilities will relate to. Presented in a gentle, positive and accessible way it will be helpful to the many children with caring roles, their friends, family and those who support them.'
- Daniel Phelps, The University of Winchester,

'While this story and its good accompanying black and white pictures is aimed at younger people, it will also be excellent for adults who work with young carers and need to understand what they may be dealing with. There are useful resources at the back of the book, both for children and families and for professionals. An excellent and moving story about one young carer and the problems she faces on a daily basis.'
- Healthybooks


By (author): Jo Aldridge
Illustrated by: Jack Aldridge Deacon