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.
How we can help
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 Young Carers Needs Assessment Team
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. This means taking account of their hopes, aspirations, strengths and achievements, as well as the need for advice and support for the whole family. The assessment is an opportunity for the young carer to be listened to by others.
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.
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire
Carers Trust 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.