resources to support you to support young carers
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:
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.
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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