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This varies hugely depending on each individual family situation. Most young carers will help out with practical tasks such as cooking, housework, shopping and budgeting. Many young carers will provide some level of physical care which might be lifting, helping with physiotherapy as well as personal care such as dressing and washing. We know that many children and young people who are young carers will be helping a family member with their medication – this might be collecting it, helping with measuring and administration of medication or providing support to a family member to manage their own medication. Alongside all of these tasks young carers will provide emotional support and frequently also help with the parenting of younger siblings.