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A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after a family member or a close friend who has a disability, long-term illness, mental health problem or who is misusing drugs or alcohol.
Caring can involve practical and personal tasks such as:
helping someone get around
providing emotional support.
If you or someone in your family is a young carer, you can refer yourself to our young carers' service, using the contact details below.
The young carers' service can provide support to young carers and their families, including:
information and advice
referrals to other agencies
school holiday schemes
monthly clubs (on Saturdays) for young carers at various venues in the borough.
We have a young carers' social worker working in our children’s services team who can give appropriate support to young people.
This support can include:
help on joint assessments
information about available services.