The Young Carers' Service is for young carers is aged 5-17 years or 18-25 years. It assesses families on an individual basis, accepting that a young carer's role may have a different impact depending on their age and other family circumstances.
Young carers take on the responsibility for helping to look after someone (usually a family member) who has a long-term illness or disability (this could be a physical disability, learning difficulty, mental health problem, substance misuse issue or HIV/AIDS). The young carer may be helping to care for a sibling, parent or grandparent. They could be helping to care for more than one person (for example, a sibling with autism and a parent with MS).
The Young Carers' Service offers:
- Support for sibling carers
- One-to-one support
- Social activities
- Family support
- Schools support
- General advice, information, and advocacy
On occasion, when referral rates are particularly high, the Young Carers' Service will operate waiting lists following initial assessment, whereby families may need to wait for a worker to come out and meet them. Although in some situations of high need, they will endeavour to offer immediate support.
Anyone can make a referral to the Young Carers' Service, including the family themselves. Please contact the team in advance if there are any queries about eligibility (to avoid disappointment). Please note that referrals for under-18s must have permission from the parent or guardian.