Young Carers

resources to support you to support young carers

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Clare Bloomfield
What does it mean for you?
Implementation of the amended Section 17 of the Children Act will have significant implications for the adult and children's social care workforce in England. The changes will impact the way councils work with young carers in their local area and will require Adult and Children Social Services to link closely together to meet the expectations and duties placed on them by the new legislation. A clear and robust protocol, jointly developed by both services, will be an essential requirement.

Young carers are people who are:

Aged 18 years or under

Providing  care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances
Vulnerable when the level of care-giving and responsibility to the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child.

The Government have significantly strengthened the legal rights of young carers. The Children's Act 2014 amends Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 and will give young carers new rights to assessment from 1st April 2015. Young carers will either need to have a young carer's assessment of their own or an assessment of the person they look after to ensure sufficient support is provided to avoid them taking on inappropriate caring.

Nearly a quarter of a million children in England and Wales are caring for a relative, the latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) survey shows.
Figures suggest 244,000 young people under 19 are carers - about 23,000 are under nine. 149,000 young carers are aged between 15 and 19 - about twice as many as in the 10-to-14 age range.

The Children's Society warns this is likely to be "the tip of the iceberg" and that children's education and job prospects could be damaged. Indeed a recent study for the BBC revealed there are likely to be at least 700,000 young carers in the UK. The government says schools, as well as adult and children's social services have a "key role in supporting young carers

25th January 2018 is Young Carers Day 2018
Surrey launches new young carer health resources to support the identification of young carer's
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Surrey Young Carers held an event in October 2019. The conference was attended by young carers, people who work in local authority an health and those from the voluntary sector.

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