A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to another person who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, disability, physical or mental illness or addiction.
A young carer is someone who does this, and is either under 18 years old, or has reached the age of 18 years and remains a pupil at school.
What does a young carer do?
Young carers can sometimes put the needs of the person they care for before their own, and this means that they can sometimes miss out on things that other young people get to do.
This can also mean that young carers can experience stress, anxiety and worry about the person they care for, and may need help or support from other people from time to time.
Young Carers Statement
Young carers have the right to a Young Carers Statement which sits alongside their Child’s Plan. A Young Carers Statement is a plan that will define supports for any child or young person identified as a Young Carer. This will be carried out through the young carer’s Named Person, a Young Carer Statement will make sure that young carers have access to the support they need in their caring role.
The young carers statement will identify your individual outcomes and what matters to you as a person such as:
- Details about the person you care for and support you provide
- The impact of caring on the Young Carers’ health, well-being and day-to-day life
- The extent that you are able and willing to provide care
- The nature and extent of the care provided is appropriate
- Information about the young carer’s needs for support and support that local authority will provide
- Information about whether support should be provided in the form of a break from caring.
- Supports available to young carers
There are people and organisations across Dundee who can help you if you are a young carer. Support is available from a number of organisations who work with carers specifically, people who are affected by health conditions, or run activities that may be of interest to you.
Are you a young carer?
If you are caring for someone, it will have its challenges. It’s just important you know that there is the help and support out there for you.
We will be happy to help.