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    What we do to support Young Carers

    How we help you

    We support Young Carers and their families across Herefordshire. We can help families access services that will make their lives easier as well as offering Young Carers time out and respite from their caring responsibilities.

    We work with Young Carers and their families to personalise the support we give them. This may include –

    • One-to-one work
    • School support
    • Trips and activities
    • Young Carer Clubs
    • Signposting to other useful services and support agencies

    How you can help us

    Fundraising

    Donations allow us to offer more activities for our Young Carers and give more of them some much needed respite. You can donate here

    Volunteers

    Our service does use volunteers to help provide support for Young Carers and their families. If you would like to support our service by volunteering please contact us

     

    The Care Act

    The Care Act 2014 sets out carers’ legal rights to assessment and support. It came into force in April 2015.

    The Care Act relates mostly to adult carers – people aged 18 and over who are caring for another adult. This is because young carers (aged under 18) and adults who care for disabled children can be assessed and supported under children’s law.

    However, regulations under the Act allow the government to make rules about looking at family circumstances when assessing an adult’s need for care, which means, for example, making sure young carers within a family are not overlooked. To find out more about the Care Act and how it may affect you click here.

    The Children and Families Bill

    From 2013 when a child is identified as a young carer, the needs of everyone in the family will be considered.  This will trigger both children’s and adults support services into action – assessing why a child is caring, what needs to change and what would help the family to prevent children from taking on this responsibility in the first place. To find out more about what this means for young carers please click here.

    Transition Assessments

    Young adult carers are transitioning from childhood into adulthood. There is no legal age definition for young adult carers, although Carers Trust’s support work focuses on young adults aged between 14 and 25. This means that young adult carers have rights as children, as adults and as young adult carers planning for adulthood.

    • Local authorities must carry out a transition assessment if a young carer may have needs for care or support when they turn 18. These assessments can also be requested.
    • Transition assessments and planning should consider how to support young carers to prepare for adulthood and raise and fulfil their aspirations, including key milestones for achieving their outcomes. For example, where a young person or carer wishes to attend a higher or further education institution, local authorities should help them identify a suitable institution as part of transition planning.
    • Local authorities must cooperate with relevant partners, including GP practices, housing and educational providers and this duty is reciprocal.

    In relation to young carers, the transition assessment can be used to pose the difficult questions of: Do you wish to continue caring, and if you do, what needs to happen? What might have to change for you to continue? It will also have to indicate whether the young carer is likely to be eligible for adult social care support.

    The advantage of the transition assessment for a young carer is that it allows them and the practitioner to plan for their future and can encourage aspirations. It can also reassure the young person that they are supported and it builds a relationship that in itself can offer a measure of emotional support.

    A good transition assessment will include a conversation about what the person the young carer looks after could expect in terms of care and support if the young carer were not willing or able to continue. This should be based on a strengths-based approach that looks not only at what formal support might be available to meet eligible needs, but also at the wider support network within the family and beyond. This will not necessarily lead to a young carer choosing an option where they do no caring at all, but may open up a conversation about a reduced role that allows the young carer to pursue education and employment opportunities.

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