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Young carers

What is a young carer?

A young carer is a person under the age of 18 who provides, or intends to provide, care for someone who:

  • is physically or mentally ill
  • disabled
  • has a long term condition
  • misuses substances

Whilst some young people help family members to some degree, some may be taking on caring responsibilities that are inappropriate and that have a negative impact on their own wellbeing.

We also provide support for young adult carer up to the age of 25, working with partner organisations to support transition to adult services.

Young carers and families

We can support you to make personal and joined up choices that best suit your needs. This means taking account of the whole family’s hopes, aspirations, strengths and achievements.

Assessments will identify why a child is caring and what needs to change in order to prevent them from undertaking ‘excessive or inappropriate’ caring responsibilities. These responsibilities could impact on their welfare, wellbeing, education, or social development. Together we will put in place the support that prevents this happening. You will agree the need for advice and support for the adult or child who needs care and support, and then agree what remaining needs for support a young carer has.

Are you a young carer?

If you are a parent who is looked after by a young carer, or a young carer, you are entitled to an assessment. This is regardless of who is cared for, what type of care is provided or how often the care is provided. There are a variety of ways in which an assessment can take place involving the whole family.

Particular attention will be given to young carers as they approach adulthood to support them to prepare for adulthood and to raise and fulfil their aspirations such as any impact of their caring role on employment opportunities.

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