We are now accepting all referrals to our service through our new online form, please click on the link below this information. If you require guidance or further information please contact the office on 01256 423 824.
Please read the below before submitting the referral.
Whole Family Approach
When assessing the support required by a young carer it is important to take into account the needs of the whole family and how these needs impact on one another. The Whole Family Pathway www.youngcarer.com is a web based resource signposting practitioners to support for young carers and their families. Following the pathway will help you to understand the assessments and support available for young carers. There is a need to be sensitive to cultural perceptions and needs around disability, illness and caring whilst recognising a child’s fundamental rights to a safe and secure childhood.
A young person may be involved in the care of an adult or child if they have:
- a physical disability or sensory impairment
- a learning disability
- a long term illness
- mental ill health
More information about the extent of the impact of the person’s condition on the family may be gained by asking the following questions:
- Who helps to care for the person at home?
- What effect does their condition and personal care needs have on the family?
- Is there a child/young person in the family who helps to provide care?
- How does this affect the child/young person physically, emotionally or educationally?
- Is there any direct help that would support the young carer?
- Does the parent need support in their parenting role?
- What can be offered to help the whole family?
Some families may not know about the services or support available to them. Some families may be reluctant to involve agencies in their family situation or be fearful of acknowledging children’s caring roles.
Defining a Young Carer
“Children and young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who has a long-term illness, disability or addiction to drugs and/or alcohol”.
While most children and young people help parents to some degree some may be taking on caring responsibilities that are inappropriate for a child and that have a negative impact on their own well being.
Identifying a Young Carer
Inappropriate levels of caring impact on a child’s emotional and physical health as well as their educational achievement and life chances.
The following are examples of the effects on children and young people providing care who are not supported:
- Problems at school, with completing homework and getting qualifications
- Lack of aspirations and career opportunities
- Isolation from other children of the same age and from other family members, feeling that no one else understands his or her experience
- Lack of time for play, sport or leisure activities
- Conflict between the needs of the person they are caring for and their own needs leading to feelings of guilt and resentment
- Lack of recognition, praise or respect for their contribution
- Emotional impacts, such as worry, depression, self-harm
Some young carers experience being stigmatised or bullied and some may have behavioural difficulties. However, there are also positives for young carers who are well supported
- Increased Independence and maturity for their age
- Advanced life skills such as a caring attitude or being a good listener
- Increased knowledge of disability and illness
Some examples of the tasks young people undertake are:
- Household chores – including washing, cooking and cleaning on behalf of the whole family.
- Personal care – such as giving medication, changing dressings, assisting with mobility.
- Intimate care – washing, dressing and assisting with toilet requirements.
- Emotional support – monitoring and meeting the emotional needs of the person.
- Childcare – helping to care for younger siblings, including escorting to school, in addition to other caring tasks.
- Other – household administration such as paying bills. Accompanying the cared-for person to hospital. Acting as a translator for non-speaking sensory impaired.
Hampshire Young Carers Alliance
Hampshire County Council
The Children’s Society
The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
National Health Service
Click below to download the Referral Form.