It's your right as a child

to . . .

  • Have an education

  • Be able to enjoy free time

  • Be protected from psychological and physical harm

  • Have a voice, be listened to and believed

  • Have respect and privacy

  • Have information and advice

  • Have health and social care for your personal wellbeing

  • Have a voice in discussions which affect your life

  • Have an assessment to see what help and support you need

  • Have practical help and support with caring

  • Make choices about the amount of care you can give

  • Be recognised and treated separately to the person you care for

  • Have information about your 'cared for' illness

  • Have advice about who to contact in an emergency

And it's your right as a young carer

to . . .

Your rights as a young carer

There are all sorts of benefits and services that both you, the person you care for, and the rest of your family, may be able to have to improve your lives.  To make sure you receive everything that is available, different people carry out what is called an 'assessment'.  This just means meeting you and your family and asking about any problems you have and then offering information, advice or support to make those problems less worrying.

You and your family may already have help and support from someone - a mental health worker or physical disability worker perhaps - who comes into your home and helps the person you care for with their illness or disability.

By law young carers of all ages have a right to have a personal assessment room when the person they care for is assessed and if you're 16 years or over you can have your own assessment, whether the person you care for is being assessed or not.

How does joining Young Carers work?

We'll first meet with your parent or guardian and get permission from them to meet with you.  Although we may sometimes involve other members of your family in activities, our main focus within your family will always be YOU.

We will meet you for a chat and complete a relaxed assessment and then work out together any help and support you need as a young carer.   It's as easy as that!  Have a look above at the various types of support we can offer you.

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