The Young Carers Service is for young carers is aged between 5 to 18 years. They take on the responsibility for helping to look after someone (usually a family member) who has a long-term illness or disability (this could be a physical disability, learning difficulty, mental health problem, substance misuse issue or HIV/AIDS).
The young person may be helping to care for a sibling, parent or grandparent. They could be helping to care for more than one person eg a sibling with Autism and a parent with M.S.
The Young Carers Service will assess a family on an individual basis accepting of the fact that one young person’s role may have more impact depending on age and other family circumstances.
The Young Carers Service offers:
- 1-1 Support
- Social Activities
- Groups – Meeting Others
- Family Support
- Schools support
- General advice, information and advocacy
On occasion, when referral rates are particularly high, they will operate waiting lists following initial assessment, whereby families may need to wait for a worker to come out and meet them. Although in some situations of high need they will endeavour to offer immediate support.
Any referral of a young person under 18 years needs to have the permission of the parent or guardian.
Anyone can refer (including the family themselves) but it is worth speaking to the team before a referral is made if unsure of eligibility to avoid disappointment.
Young Carers also support young adult carers aged between 18 and 25. Young Carers leaflet