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Young Carers

Young carers are children and young people under 18 who often take on the practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Young Carers may have to prepare meals, look after money matters, give medicine, translate, arrange appointments or take care of a relative's hygiene. Also caring for someone often means giving them emotional support. It can be a lot of work for anyone to handle, especially when you have school or work at the same time.

Children and young people who are carers have the same rights as all children and young people and should be able to learn, achieve, develop friendships and enjoy positive, healthy childhoods. The County Council’s Young Carers Needs Assessment Team will ensure that the needs of young carers are recognised and offer all young carers an assessment of their current and future needs.

We complete the statutory (Children's and family's Act 2014) needs assessment for young carers.

All young carers under the age of 18 have a right to an assessment regardless of who they care for, what type of care they provide or how often they provide it. A young carer has the right to an assessment based on the appearance of need - Children’s and Family’s Act 2014

  • We assess young carers under 18 years old.
  • Assess using a family approach focusing on caring role
  • Co-ordinate support for the young carer using a whole family approach.
  • We take the role of lead professional, focusing on the role of the young carer.
  • We have access to services that provide practical, financial and emotional support for young carers and their family. We work alongside Health, Schools, Adults Services, Children's Services and charities/organisations.

Some examples of how we support the young carer and their family

  • Co-ordinate and review care plans. Liaise with services to increase their offer to meet the need.
  • Practical support – Signpost to organisations that can help with gardening, decorating and providing household appliances.
  • Financial – benefits, grants/funding
  • Housing – liaise with the housing in regards to homelessness, overcrowding and inappropriate living conditions.
  • Family support – Carers support, specific support groups (e.g. MS, Parkinson's)
  • Young Carers provisions – Refer to after school groups, 1:1, holiday clubs, school's workshops/groups.
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing – support groups, counselling, bereavement.

These are just some examples of support we have put in place. Support is not limited to the young carer.

Young Carers Assessment Team

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07824 551 818 (Abi Witham) 
Telephone:  07776 679 547 (Tracy Spearing) 
Amundsen House, Compass Point Business Park, Stocks Bridge Way, St Ives PE27 5JL 

Young Carers Assessment Team Referral form

Gain consent from parent/guardian or young person A young person 13 years and over can give consent. Complete the referral form and return to [email protected]

Size: 39.51 KB File format: docx

Young carers strategy memorandum of understanding

Size: 130.83 KB File format: pdf

All age carers strategy 2016-2020

Size: 2.52 MB File format: pdf

Local support services for young carers

Centre 33 support young carers aged 8 – 18 across Cambridgeshire with information, advice and the opportunity to meet up with other young carers. They offer 1 to1 support, groups in schools (primary and secondary) and other places across Cambridgeshire and regular activities and events. They can support during transitions such as changing schools, starting independent living.

You can get in touch with Centre 33 directly to find out more about what they do and if there is a group in your area or school. For some groups you may need a teacher,  young carers’ assessor or social worker to get in touch for you. 

Find out more about Centre 33’s support for Young Carers 

Caring Together support young carers and young adult carers across Cambridgeshire with information, advice, support and opportunities to meet up with other young carers. They offer groups in schools (secondary) and other places across Cambridgeshire as well as regular activities and events.

You can get in touch with directly to find out more about what they do and if there is a group in your area or school. For some groups you may need a teacher, young carers or social worker to get in touch for you. 

Find out more about Caring Together’s support for Young Carers

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