Support for Young Carers
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. This might involve extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.
Some children give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister or parent who is disabled or ill. They may also be giving emotional support to both sibling and parents.
For further information, please view the services featured in 'Support for Young Carers'.
If you are a young carer or you are supporting a young carer and would like to request an assessment please ring our Contact Centre on 0161 234 5001.
What is a Young Carer?
Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.
A young carer may undertake some or all of the following:
Practical tasks such as cooking, housework, shopping.
Physical care such as lifting, helping up the stairs and physiotherapy.
Personal Care such as dressing, washing and helping someone go to the toilet.
Emotional support such as listening, calming someone and being present.
Household management such as paying the bills, managing finances and collecting benefits.
Looking after siblings such as putting to be and walking to school.
Interpreting for parents with hearing or speech impediments or English as an additional language.
Administering medication such as insulin needles and preparing daily tablets.
See more information on Young Carers and what they do.
12 - 18 June 2017 is Carers Week. To mark this we're launching the Young Carer's Strategy 2017-2019 - You will find the strategy and briefing slides for professionals in the download section of this page.
In Manchester we know there is a significant under-identification of young carers. Young people often care for family members without the knowledge of their school or other support services. This could be things like helping someone to dress or wash, cleaning, shopping or looking after their siblings. Without support, young carers can struggle at school and miss out on a proper social life: manchester.gov.uk/youngcarers
This pack aims to make you aware of your rights – your human rights, your legal rights, and your rights to access things like benefits, support and advice.
Need to know where to find things out in a hurry? Our pack has lots of links to useful and interesting resources that can help you – and help raise awareness about young carers’ issues!
Know Your Rights has been produced by Young Carers in Focus (YCiF), and funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
View the pack in the downloads section of this page.
Young Carers in Schools is a free England wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice. In doing so, it supports and celebrates effective local partnership working.
Tools aiming to make it as easy as possible for young carers services to raise school awareness of the programme locally, include:
• Exemplar text and icon for use on websites, local portals and in e-newsletters.
• Young Carers in Schools leaflet.
• Template letters for use with local schools.
• Young Carers in Schools video.
• PowerPoint presentations containing key information about young carers and the Young Carers in Schools programme.
These tools are available to download from the Young Carers in Schools Programme.
Is your school doing great things for young carers? Increase identification, improve outcomes and gain an Award for your school through the Young Carers in Schools programme, run by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society.
This is a tool for all adults’ and children’s services, education, health and other agencies who have contact with young carers and their families. The Children’s Society has developed this Whole Family Pathway, to ensure that however a family (Parent or Child) in need of support first makes contact with an agency, the same key points are followed.
Please view the tool in the download section.
Please view the downloads section for tools and resoucres available to practitioners supporting Young Carers, including:
Young Carers in Schools presentation - Key information about Young Carers.
Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities - a questionnaire to be completed by young carers (an 18-item self-report measure) that can be used to provide an index (or score) of the total amount of caring activity undertaken by a child or young person.
Whole Family Pathway - Using the Whole Family Pathway will help practitioners to implement the changes in legislation for young carers and their families outlined in the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014.