Supporting young carers
Caring can have significant impacts on a young person’s health, education and social development. Early identification, intervention and prevention are vital to reduce negative impacts on young carers and improve outcomes for them and their families.
When a young carer has been identified, you should offer them a Young Carers Assessment, which is an easy-to-use, young-person friendly booklet providing you with a guided conversation to help young people talk about their home life and their caring and agree actions that will help.
Every young carer is different but they often need things like:
• Information about the illness affecting their family
• A chance to ask questions
• Someone to talk to who they can trust
• Information about what to do in a crisis
• Practical help and training
• To know that their situation is not uncommon
• To have a break and the chance to be children / young people
• To know that their role is understood and valued
• Support and understanding at school
This can be offered on a one-to-one basis or through group work, if young carers feel comfortable with this.
We have developed a wide range of one-to-one and group work resources to help you in your work. These will be available in our Members Area very soon.