Barnardo’s Young Carers


‘Young carers are children who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled or has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol. Their day to day responsibilities often include cooking, cleaning, shopping, providing nursing and personal care, and giving emotional support. With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. Many struggle educationally and are often bullied for being ‘different’. They can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home, and no chance to enjoy a normal childhood. They are often afraid to ask for help as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care’ (http://www.barnardos.org.uk/).


This work is a collaboration with Barnardo’s (Indigo Project). The children were photographed at a weekend respite break, where they were encouraged to present themselves freely before the camera. The supplementary text arose from each being asked to ‘tell me about yourself’. Instead of defining themselves by their caring roles, they offered details of their identities at this moment in their lives as well as their plans for the future.

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