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Working with Young Carers

Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Policy and planning

Professionals who have responsibility for planning and developing services for young carers in their local area can access specialist advice and information in this section.

Assessments

Assessments should take the whole family’s needs into consideration to most effectively support young carers. Access government guidance here and find out more about assessing young carers.

Education

Supports education professionals to understand, identify and support young carers (and their families) through their education. Primarily for schools, although much of the material is useful to FE and HE establishments.

Health

Young carers often lack key information about the health conditions of family members that they are caring for and many also experience their own health problems as a result of their caring responsibilities.

Social exclusion

The move into adulthood for young carers can be disadvantaged by lack of qualifications, limited social skills and a continuing caring role. This section focuses on the needs of young carers in transition and on substance misuse problems.

Voluntary sector

Those working in the voluntary sector who have contact with young carers or their family members can find useful information and guidance in this section on how to support them and their families.

Practice examples

Supporting young carers and their families a young adult carer with her younger brother
Practice examples

The Young Carers Grant Programme 2013

Young Carers Grant programme 2013 open to any Third Sector organisation. Young carers grant programm 2013
The Young Carers Grant Programme 2013

Primary school toolkit

Identify & support young carers: teachers toolkit Young Carers Toolkit Cover
Primary school toolkit

Schools Resource

Supporting Young Carers: A resource for schools Do you care? Schools Resource Pack
Schools Resource

Young Carers

Under 19? Visit our young carers site for support and advice. Young Carers.net
Young Carers

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