A young carer is a child or young person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care, assistance or support to any family member (of any age) who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, frail or elderly or is misusing alcohol or substances.
A young carer can become vulnerable when their level of care-giving and responsibility becomes excessive or inappropriate for them and it risks impacting on their emotional or physical well-being or educational achievement and life chances.
Young carers are often described as a hidden group. You may not be recognised as a young carer for a variety of reasons:
- you don’t realise you’re a young carer and that you have rights to be supported, be safe, get help and to have an assessment. This is a discussion with you to find out information about you and the caring you do. This information is needed so that the person doing the assessment can make decisions with you about whether your situation is okay, and if more support would help you and the person you care for
- you might not want to talk about what is happening at home
- professionals don’t always get the training they need to help identify young carers
- sometimes families are worried about identifying a young carer because they think they might be deemed ‘at risk’
Support for young carers
We commission the Carers Support Centre to provide support for young carers and their families through the Young Carers Project. Many schools in South Gloucestershire now have a Young Carers Policy, a staff member who champions young carers within the school and even a peer support group for pupils who are young carers.
If you have a child or a pupil who is a young carer or if you are a young carer yourself (whether you look after someone every day or just occasionally) and you want more support please contact the council’s Access and Response Team (ART) – formerly known as First Point – on 01454 866000.
Find out from local young carers what it means to be a young carer
|A group of local young carers called Young Carers Voice wrote and helped design a summary version of the South Gloucestershire’s Carers Strategy 2017-2020 for young carers, to get the key messages across to them in a more vibrant and visual way.|
The Carers Support Centre worked with young carers to make a short film to mark Young Carer Awareness Day. The film aims to raise awareness amongst teachers and pupils, and has been part funded by Carers Trust.
In the film, young carer Ellie, 14, from Bradley Stoke says;
“Even though we spend a lot of our time in our caring roles and doing something a lot of people don’t do, we still have ambitions. We still have dreams we want to accomplish in the next couple of years or in the future.” Ellie talks about how her caring role both helps and hinders her.
The Carers Support Centre
The Carers Support Centre offers one-to-one and group support for young carers who meet the eligibility criteria. In addition, the project offers family support, telephone support, with home visits arranged as well as supporting the young carers in activities that the carers centre runs. Activities include trips out for young carers. The project also produces information about the issues faced by young carers, both for young carers themselves and professionals who work with them.
ART (Access and Response Team)
The single point of access to children’s preventative, social care and specialist services.
tel: 01454 86 6000
Single Assessment for Early Help (SAFeh) Support
The SAFeh is a common process that enables practitioners to make an assessment and act on the result, using a standard form to record the assessment and where appropriate, share with others. It covers all aspects that affect a child’s development: health, education and social development through to housing and family relationships.
Two Early Help Partnership Officers are able to offer support. Please contact them on:Is there anything wrong with this page?