I am a young carer

I am a young carer

I am a young carer

I am a young carer

Information for young carers

Who is a young carer?

Sunderland Carers Centre we define a young carer as a child between the age of 5 to 16, or Young Adult Carer aged 16 to 25 who looks after someone in their family who has a long-term illness, disability, mental ill health or substance misuse problem that impacts on that young person. This may be taking on responsibilities, emotional/and or practical support that would normally be expected of an adult”

Know your rights as a Young Carer

Who is a care worker?

The word carer is often used incorrectly to refer to care workers.

Care workers are people who are in paid employment to provide care and support to people who need it.  It is important to make a distinction between carers and care workers.  Care Workers would not have the same rights as carers, but would have rights as employees.

Young Carers Rights

The Care Act 2014 came into effect from April 2015 and replaced most previous law regarding carers and people being cared for. It outlines the way in which local authorities should carry out carer’s assessments and needs assessments; how local authorities should determine who is eligible for support; how local authorities should charge for both residential care and community care; and places new obligations on local authorities. The Care Act 2014 (England)

Children and Families Act

The Children and Families Act 2014 states that local authorities must take proactive steps to identify and support young carers in their area. Where it appears to a local authority that a young carer may have needs then they must carry out an assessment. Young carers or their parents can also request an assessment. The legislation refers to this as a ‘young carer’s needs assessment’. As a result, the act now gives young carers, young adult carers and their families stronger rights to be identified, offered information, receive an assessment and supported using a whole-family approach.

For further information on the Children and Families Act 2014 and the young carers assessment you can read the Children and Families Act briefing. Alternatively you can check out the Young Person’s Guide to the Children and Families Act 2014.

To read the full Children and Families Act 2014, click here.

It’s OK to ask for support

Contact us for free information, advice and guidance.

Call us on: 0191 5493768   Opening times: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Organisations like Sunderland Cares Centre believe it is very important for carers to recognise the caring role so they have access to the right information, advice and guidance and if appropriate, support to help them in the caring role.

Caring for a loved one can be exhausting, particularly for those who look after someone round the clock or those who balance caring with family life or their work. The demands of a caring role can therefore make it difficult for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing.

When you’re a carer, having the correct information at the right time can make all the difference. The Carer Contact team can provide information to support you in your caring role, or even if you would like to find out about the different groups or services we provide at Sunderland Carers Centre our Carer Contact Team can provide this information at first point of contact.

Sunderland Carers Centre is an independent voluntary organisation, our services are non-judgemental and impartial. We are registered as a charity and as a Network Partner of Carers Trust.

Sunderland Carers Centre offers a confidential information, advice and support service to carers throughout the City of Sunderland (including Houghton-le-Spring, Hetton-le-Hole, Easington Lane and Washington).

Local Support

Samaritans – free phone number 116 123

Sunderland City Council

wellbeinginfo.org provides information on where to get local advice and support.

National Support

Carers Trust
Can help you to maintain your own health and wellbeing, make your needs and voice heard and provide someone to talk to. They also run play and support schemes for young carers.

Carers UK
Provides expert telephone advice and support services, champions your rights and helps you find new ways to manage.

Care for carers 
Provides information about benefits, health trainer services, anti-bullying websites and adult education.

Young carers self referral

Young Carers can access information, advice and guidance from this website to help them in their caring role.

If you are a Young Carer under the age of 18 you will need permission from your parent / guardian to refer into our service.  Your parent / guardian should contact the Centre on (0191) 549 3768 to discuss how we can best support you as a Young Carer.

If you are a Young Carer over the age of 18 and want to self-refer to Sunderland Carers Centre click here and complete our online referral form.

Workers from other organisations can refer a Young Carer from age 5 to the Carers Centre, if they have the permission of the Young Carer’s responsible parent or guardian (if they are under 18). The Carers Centre will then make contact with the responsible parent or guardian, before arranging to make contact with the Young Carer.

If you are a professional and want to make a referral on behalf of a Young Carer and you have the permission of the Young Carer’s responsible parent or guardian, please complete the online referral form by clicking here

One to One support

Sunderland Carers Centre can provide one-to-one support and advocacy to young carers. The support available varies for each caring situation and family situation. For more information contact Sunderland Carers Centre on 0191 5493768.

Support at meetings

Sunderland Carers Centre can support young carers and their families at meetings with other professionals (e.g. with health or education services). The support can include helping the young carer and their family prepare for meetings so they will get the most out of them. We can also attend meetings with young carers and their families if they require support. This is also useful so young carers and their families can check with us that they are comfortable with any outcomes identified and the next steps arising from the meeting. For more information about this support contact Sunderland Carers Centre on 0191 5493768

Supporting carers from different cultural backgrounds living in Sunderland

For information about us supporting carers from different cultural backgrounds living in Sunderland click here

Independent support

For independent support click here

Services we offer young carers

For services we offer young carers click here

Who is a Young Carer?

Sunderland Carers Centre we define a young carer as a child between the age of 5 to 16, or Young Adult Carer aged 16 to 25 who looks after someone in their family who has a long-term illness, disability, mental ill health or substance misuse problem that impacts on that young person. This may be taking on responsibilities, emotional/and or practical support that would normally be expected of an adult”

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