What is a Young Carer?
Young carers are children who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a substance misuse problem, taking on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
Tasks Young Carers might do when caring for someone else
• Help them get dressed, washed, in and out of bed, up and down stairs, give medication and deal with the family’s finances.
• Shop, cook and look after other people while trying to attend school, do home work and hang out with friends.
• Spend long hours stressing and worrying about the person they care for.
The Impact of Caring on Young Carers
With so many adult responsibilities, young carers often miss out on opportunities that other children have to play and learn. Many struggle educationally and are often bullied for being ‘different’. They can become isolated, with no relief from the pressures at home, and no chance to enjoy a normal childhood. They are often afraid to ask for help as they fear letting the family down or being taken into care.
This service is to identify children and young people between the ages of 5-18 years, who have caring responsibilities within the London Borough of Hillingdon.
To assess Young Carers needs, arrange, provide or recommend appropriate services and support. To offer information, support and advice to Young Carers and their families.
To involve Young Carers in developing flexible models of care.
To raise awareness of the situation of Young Carers with other professionals and the general public.
To work with schools in Hillingdon, to help them develop procedures to enable them to identify Young Carers who have caring responsibilities at an early stage.
NEW SERVICE Young Carers Plus
This service became part of Hillingdon Young Carers in April 2013, funded by Hillingdon Community Trust. It supports children and young people between the ages of 5-18 years living in Hillingdon, caring for a family member with a mental health problem in the six wards of Hillingdon (UB3, UB7 & UB8)
We support the family holistically and offering emotional support, 1-1 support, advocacy, advice and information on benefits, housing, health and education.