Somerset Young Carers Service provides support, activities and respite groups for children and young people up to 18 with regular caring responsibilities. The service works alongside the youth partnership, community groups, professionals and agencies in supporting Young Carers and their families access appropriate services to meet their needs. Our focus is child centered whilst maintaining a whole family approach.
The official definition of a Young Carer is:
‘…a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (of any age, except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work).’ Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96.
In considering whether the child / young person has a carer role, think about:
- Person who the caring role concerns
- Relationship – e.g. mum, sibling, grandparent etc
Are there other people who should be consulted in considering whether a child has a YC role?
- The young carer
- The young carer’s parent(s)
Any other person who the child or young person or a parent of the child or young person requests the authority to involve.
Service Criteria to include in the EHA:
The below information is required in addition to the information already requested in the EHA.
Have you spoken to the young carer about the fact you are requesting a young carer service for them? How do they feel about this? Have you spoken to the parent/carer about the fact you are requesting a young carer service for their child? How do they feel about this?
Describe what types of caring tasks they carry out and how often they provide this. Caring roles could include emotional, practical, intimate/personal or domestic care.
Caring tasks could be: Cleaning / Hoovering / Dusting, Washing / Drying Up / Tidying Kitchen, Cooking / Preparing food, Washing / Drying clothes / Ironing, Shopping for Food / Household items, Gardening / Outdoor work, Managing money / bills etc, Getting up in the night to help (broken sleep), Help with washing and bathing and dressing, Helping with management of medication, Organising things e.g. appointments, Cheering up / Calming down – emotional support , Making sure they are safe when out e.g. road safety, Helping them with lifting i.e. person, equipment etc, Helping to care for a sibling, Help with walking or moving around the house, Pushing wheelchair / buggy, Caring for Pets or Interpreting / sign language.
Assess whether any of the tasks provided by the young carer can be considered inappropriate or excessive based upon the age, sex, ability, wishes and feelings of the young carer (including impact on education, training or employment).
Areas of impact to be considered will include:
- Health, Development and Wellbeing
- Relationships including personal and family
- Education, training and employment
- Leisure and activity
- Ambition and goals
What needs have you identified:
- Reduce inappropriate or excessive levels of care for the child
- Increase opportunities for respite from the child’s caring role
- Raise awareness and recognition of the young carer’s role
- Information and advice to support their caring role.
Please state what you expect the key areas of work to be? (Note transport to young carer’s activities is the responsibility of the parent/carer unless there are exceptional circumstances. If there are exceptional circumstances please state them).
The Young Carer assessment must always be considered in line with safeguarding processes and significant risk escalated through the appropriate agency channels.
Specifically, the assessor must consider the Effective Support for Children and Families in Somerset guidance document. In particular, the assessor must consider whether the Young Carer Assessment suggests that the child / young person should be considered a Child in Need under S17 of the CA 1989 or require a service at Level 3 or a lead practitioner approach at level 2.
Please use the drop-down menu to select “Young Carers Project”
Email address where a social worker is not the assessor: SDinputters@somerset.gov.uk
Email address for general enquiries and where a social worker is the assessor: YoungCarersmailbox@somerset.gov.uk
Contact number: 0300 123 2224