Are Your Children Young Carers?

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Are they aged 5 - 18 and affected by caring for an unwell family member or relative who have a physical or learning disability, a long term illness, a terminal condition, mental illness, or difficulties with drug or alcohol use? 

Referral Form Definition of Tiers
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Caring may be physical, emotional or both

  • Fetching and Carrying
  • Cleaning the house, shopping, cooking meals for the family
  • Getting siblings ready and making sure they get to school
  • Listening, encouraging, calming and giving reassurance to the person that they care for.
  • Going with them to the shops or doctor/hospital appointments

Your child may feel good about the help that they give and be proud of the skills they have.  However caring may also have an impact on:

  • Their attendance at school or college
  • Completing homework and gaining qualifications
  • Taking part in after school clubs and school trips
  • Enjoying time with friends or doing hobbies
  • Their own mental health and emotional wellbeing

Your child should not undertake inappropriate or excessive caring roles that have an impact on their development and wellbeing.

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Support available for Young Carers

  • Activities and outings to give a break from caring responsibilities
  • One-to-one support to Young Carers who have complex needs
  • Support with your child’s emotional well-being if needed
  • Work with schools on how to support Young Carers and their families
  • Signposting to other support services
  • Support for a Young Carer’s transition to being a Young Adult Carer

Local Young Carers have created a stop motion video to share IOW Young Carers to help people understand a little more about what it is like to walk in their shoes. Funded by #iWill


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