Young Carers

resources to support you to support young carers

 Images courtesy of
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

Download the resources from a conference that looked in the depth at the developing young carers and health agenda.  The young carers developed their own narrative about their hopes and expectations about health service support for young carers. .
Click here to view and download resources from the day

Making it Real for Young Carers - Young Carers and Health
Download the resources from the conference

25 January 2018 will be the second national day of recognition for the UK's 700,000 young carers. Caring Together:   

Young Carers Rights Day

Football Supporting Young Carers : Read about a football club activly supporting young carers. Its good for young carers and good for the game! Click here to read more!


Out of The Woods
This short animation produced by NHS England, that will give the viewer an insight into the lives of young carers and hopefully encourage young carers to take steps to seek support. The video is intended to raise awareness of the challenges and issues faced by young carers.