Professionals Responsibilities to Young Carers
Support for young carers is governed by The Children and Families Act, and the Care Act (2014). These stipulate that all young carers under 18 have a right to a needs assessment by a local authority, with councils mandated to take ‘reasonable steps’ to identify those in their area with support needs. The Care Act also places a duty on NHS bodies to cooperate with local authorities in delivering duties including the identification of unmet needs.
‘A young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care-giving and responsibility to the person in need of care become excessive or inappropriate for that child, risking impact on his or her emotional or physical well-being or educational achievement and life chances’
ADSS/ADCS memorandum of Understanding 2009
Young Carers in Hounslow
The Young Carers Project in Hounslow offers support to young carers aged 5 to 18 or up to 25 with additional needs who care for family members with aliments such as physical disability, mental health issues, drug and alcohol issues and learning difficulties.
The project offers a wider range of support including, Information, advice, 1-1 support, opportunities to meet other young carers, fun activities, outings, drop in sessions, homework support and advocacy support. To find out more about the Young Carers Project please follow this link https://fsd.hounslow.gov.uk/kb5/hounslow/fsd/service.page?id=B4O8nUADyM0
Young People from the Young Carers project have developed a short video highlighting what it is like to be a young carer, the challenges they face and how hard life can be at times. The video can be accessed by following this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyM4hMB8lV0
How to Make a Referral
The young carer’s pathway has been formulated between Children’s Social Care and Adults’ Services. It illustrates the process to be followed when a child or young person is identified as taking on caring responsibilities. The pathway brings together the joint working between Children’s and Adults’ Services to enable early identification of young carers and the assessment of their needs. It also enables a coordinated package of support, taking into consideration their caring role.
If you have identified a young person who is undertaking a caring role for their family below you will find the referral process, referral pathway and referral form to support you in making a referral to the Hounslow Young Carers Project.