Information and support for young carers
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Who counts as a young carer
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.
What support we offer young carers
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.
Links between children and adult services
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.