Young carers- guidance

Who is a carer?

A child or young person aged under 18 who provide regular or on-going care and emotional support to a family members who is:

  • physically ill
  • mentally ill
  • disabled
  • misuses substances.

 

When might providing care and emotional support be a safeguarding issue?

A Young Carer with excessive or inappropriate caring responsibility should be considered a ‘Child In Need’.

‘Excessive or Inappropriate Caring Responsibilities’ are those that mean a young carer is unlikely to achieve or maintain, or to have the opportunity of achieving or maintaining, a reasonable standard of health or development without the provision of services by a local authority under this Section 17 of the Children Act.

For information on how to raise safeguarding concerns, or refer a young carer with needs to Council services, click here.

Guidance for Professionals:

Many young carers who do not meet this threshold may still have a need for support.

A Young Carer with excessive or inappropriate caring responsibility should be considered a ‘Child In Need’.

For more details on who could be considered a young carer, see the guidance below.

 

A (provisional) leaflet for distribution to Young Carers or their families is available here.

Professional Development:

Upcoming in 2017: multi-agency training funded by Health Education England.  For more details please click here

For links to a variety of e-learning packages tailored to different professional groups, please see here.

The following videos may also help you understand Young Carers better:

 

Other resources:

What to do if you are worried about a child. To discuss concerns or make a referral: