Do you know anyone under the age of 18 who is looking after a member of their family (mother, father, sibling) who would otherwise struggle to support themselves? They could be doing this without any knowledge or support from their school, doctors or local authority. These are known as young carers.
Why are young carers vulnerable?
The amount of care and responsibility a young person has to give may be excessive or inappropriate. This can have a negative impact on them, for example:
- Problems at school and in getting qualifications
- Isolation from children and from other family members
- Lack of time for play, sport or leisure activities
- Conflict between the needs of the person they are helping and their own needs
- Feeling that there is nobody there for them
- Lack of recognition, praise or respect for their contribution
What should you do?
If you know or are working with a young carer, you should let Children’s Services know. This enables us to assess the situation and offer help and support where needed.
Contact Children's Services
Young Carers strategy
The Young Carers Strategy sets out Northamptonshire’s model of identifying and assessing Young Carers in the county and how they will be supported enable them to live a full life,