How you can help support young carers:
Whole family working is crucial in helping to identify young carers who are hidden and may be in need of support, so ask the question to identify if there is a young carer within the family context when undertaking an assessment for services. Consider including a question on assessment forms if there is not one already.
- explain to the family what a young carer is.
- identify young carer status on relevant records.
- inform the potential young carer and their families about the Young Carer Service which is available to help young carers in Devon.
Make it clear young carers can refer themselves to this service or with their consent that professionals and practitioners can make a referral to the service on their behalf. Enquires or referrals for the service can be made using the Devon Carers Helpline on 03456 434435 or via the website. A leaflet for the Young Carers Service is also available.
General information about young carers:
Young Carers Awareness Day (YCAD) is an annual event, organised and led by Carers Trust, to raise awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and to campaign for greater support for them. The 2020 Young Carer Awareness day will take place on 30th January. Want to get involved? Find out more here.
Information about young carers is also available to professionals on the South West Child Protection Procedures Manual.
Transition protocol for young carers
The DCFP would encourage all agencies across the partnership to work together in helping to identify young carers in Devon and to help to ensure young carers receive the support they need. It is important where providing support to young carers this is within the context of the Devon Early Help Infrastructure or as part of a statutory intervention.