Young Carers

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.

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Young Carers Statement

Young carers have the right to a Young Carers Statement, which is a plan to make sure a young carer gets the support they need.

A Young Carers Statement starts as a conversation between the young carer and an adult of their choice. This is usually their worker from Dundee Carers Centre or a staff member from their school. In Dundee there is a workbook designed in collaboration with young carers to support this discussion.

If the young carer already has a Child/Young Person’s Plan as part of a Team Around the Child process, their plan will be reviewed and information from the Young Carers Statement will be added to it.

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The young carers statement will identify your individual outcomes and what matters to you such as:

  • Details about the person you care for and the support you provide
  • The impact of caring on your health, wellbeing and day-to-day life
  • The extent that you are able and willing to provide care
  • The nature and extent of the care provided and whether it is appropriate for you
  • Information about your needs and the support that the local authority (Dundee City Council) will provide
  • Information about whether support should be provided in the form of a break from caring
  • Other supports available to you, for example through school

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.

If you are a young carer and require support, please see the Services Directory or  contact 01382 200422.