Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care

This guidance is for anyone in England who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

It builds on other guidance published on GOV.UK, including:

Young carers and young adult carers

The guidance may also be helpful for those under 25 (young carers and young adult carers) who provide care for someone. The information and advice provided is designed to help young carers understand the changes they need to make and signposts the help available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

You are a young carer if you are under the age of 18 and look after or care for someone who needs support with daily life. A friend or family member (parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative) might need support because of illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

If you are over 16 but under 25 and look after or have caring responsibilities for someone else, you are a young adult carer. You may or may not live with those you care for.

If everyone is well, you can continue to provide essential care and travel to deliver this care. See information below on what to do if someone has symptoms or a positive test for coronavirus.

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