A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem.
Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister. They do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around.
Some children give a lot of physical help to a brother or sister who is disabled or ill. Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may also be giving emotional support to both your sibling and your parents.
This protocol sets out the key principles, roles and responsibilities in providing a whole partnership approach to support Young Carers and their families in Walsall to ensure we deliver our requirements as outlined by the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families (section 96)
This guide must be used in conjunction with Walsall’s Young Carers Protocol. This guides gives a overview of the statutory requirements and good practice principles, and contains further clarification about the responsibilities of children’s and adult services
for more information on Young Carers please see below resources and contacts
- Walsall Early Help Hub – 0300 555 2866 opt 1
- NHS Webpages (Weblink)
- Carers Trust (Weblink)
- Poitive Activites (Weblink)
- Barnardos (Weblink)
- Youth Support Services – 01922 655419
- Young Carers Flyer (PDF 317KB)
page updated 26.05.2017