The young carers service aims to:
- Support children and young people (under 18 years) who have caring responsibilities
- Assess the needs of young carers via an Early Help Assessment (EHA)
- Promote the recognition of young carer’s needs and achievements
- Work alongside other agencies and services to support young carers
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 the care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work).’ Children and Families Act 2014 Section 96.
Assessments which determine if children under the age of 18 have caring responsibilities (for a family member) can be completed by any professional who comes into contact with a child or young person. This assessment is either the Early Help Assessment (EHA) or Child and Family Assessment (C & F). The adult framework is also compliant with young carer legislation.
For children who do not have a Social Worker, Family Intervention Service (FIS) is responsible for reviewing statutory young carer assessments on an annual basis to determine if children and young people have continuing caring responsibilities and to consider if the appropriate support needs are in place.
The young carer’s assessment will identify support needs and lead to an action plan of what needs to happen next and include the outcomes the young person wishes to achieve. The plan should include the actions of those people present at the assessment but also those who are already involved with the family and those to be involved moving forward.
In considering whether the child / young person has a carer role, think about:
- Person for who the caring role relates
- 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.
What caring are they doing? 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.
The assessment should consider how any lack of care by the child / young person would impact upon:
- The person being cared for
- The wider family’s ability to maintain the wellbeing of that person
What are the impacts on the child/young person? Being overly physically strenuous / Being inappropriately personal / Providing emotional support / Administering medication or supervising safety regimes / Responsibility for budgets and financial management / Impact on own wellbeing including emotional or developmental impacts.
What support do they need? Health, Development and Wellbeing/ Relationships including personal and family / Education, training and employment / Leisure and activity / Ambition and goals.
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.
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