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Young Carers Awareness Day 2019

Young Carer’s Awareness Day 2019 is on January 31st, and we’ve collated information for professionals working with young carers below. There are an estimated 700,000 children and young people across the UK, some as young as five-years-old, who are caring for family members. According to a recent survey, 39% of them said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.

Being a young carer is a risk factor for the mental health of children and young people. That’s why Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 will focus on mental health.

Here are the resources we found for young carers for professionals:

Young Carers: In Their Own Words

(Featured resource)To mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2018, Headstart spoke to four young people from the Wolverhampton area about their experiences of being a young carer: how it makes them feel, how it affects them at school, and how Spurgeons UK support them.

Young Carers, The Parents – Dana

(Featured resource)Dana has Multiple Sclerosis, and talks honestly about the impact this has had upon her and her family. Being a parent who needs help around the home can have more of an impact on a parent than we can appreciate. This video series talks with Dana about her feelings regarding being the parent of a young carer.

Young Carers, The Parents – Melanie

(Featured resource)This playlist of videos shows a conversation with Melanie who is the parent of a young carer. Matthew’s younger brother had an accident when he was younger and now Matthew acts a young carer to help his mom and younger brother. Watch this video series to see exactly what it’s like to be a parent of a young carer.

Pie

A tale of trial, tribulation and shortcrust pastry, this film tells the story of a young carer’s determination to treat his granny like she used to treat him.

Organisation

Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Spurgeons

(Featured resource)Spurgeons is a national charity with a local group based in Wolverhampton supporting young carers. They offer advice and support, weekly youth club, extra activities like outings and residential during school holidays, and one to one support from a trained worker.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

Young Carers

Children who take on carer responsibilities for parents, siblings or for another extended family member are known as young carers. They can end up taking on this role for a range of reasons – perhaps because a parent/carer has physical or mental health needs or because they are reliant on substances. Many young carers have trouble juggling school and home responsibilities. They may experience more stress, anxiety, low self-esteem/depression, eating/sleeping problems and self-harm than other children. This webpage covers spotting the signs and what schools can do.

About Young Carers

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, ot a friend, who is ill, disabled or misus drugs or alcohol. This webpage from the Carers Trust aims to inform people about young carers including how many young carers there are and what young carers do.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

The Young Carer Quiz

A quiz on facts about Young Carers from The Carers Trust.

Whole Family Pathway

Young carers do not care in isolation from the rest of their family. Although they may need support for themselves, their needs should also be considered and met in the context of their whole family. That is why The Children’s Society stresses the importance of the whole-family approach, and has developed the whole family pathway.

Gaining an Understanding About Young Carers

Young carers experience particular challenges that impact on their capacity to engage in learning. This download aims to give you tips to ensure your school’s provisions meets the needs of young carers and raises their attendance and attainment effectively.

Research/report

Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England’s Young Carers

Young carers doing more than 50 hours of care a week are five times more likely to report that their health is ‘not good’. The ‘Invisible and in Distress’ report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, section leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.

Young Carers: In Their Own Words

(Featured resource)To mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2018, Headstart spoke to four young people from the Wolverhampton area about their experiences of being a young carer: how it makes them feel, how it affects them at school, and how Spurgeons UK support them.

Young Carers, The Parents – Dana

(Featured resource)Dana has Multiple Sclerosis, and talks honestly about the impact this has had upon her and her family. Being a parent who needs help around the home can have more of an impact on a parent than we can appreciate. This video series talks with Dana about her feelings regarding being the parent of a young carer.

Young Carers, The Parents – Melanie

(Featured resource)This playlist of videos shows a conversation with Melanie who is the parent of a young carer. Matthew’s younger brother had an accident when he was younger and now Matthew acts a young carer to help his mom and younger brother. Watch this video series to see exactly what it’s like to be a parent of a young carer.

Organisation

Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Spurgeons

(Featured resource)Spurgeons is a national charity with a local group based in Wolverhampton supporting young carers. They offer advice and support, weekly youth club, extra activities like outings and residential during school holidays, and one to one support from a trained worker.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

Young Carers

Children who take on carer responsibilities for parents, siblings or for another extended family member are known as young carers. They can end up taking on this role for a range of reasons – perhaps because a parent/carer has physical or mental health needs or because they are reliant on substances. Many young carers have trouble juggling school and home responsibilities. They may experience more stress, anxiety, low self-esteem/depression, eating/sleeping problems and self-harm than other children. This webpage covers spotting the signs and what schools can do.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

The Young Carer Quiz

A quiz on facts about Young Carers from The Carers Trust.

Whole Family Pathway

Young carers do not care in isolation from the rest of their family. Although they may need support for themselves, their needs should also be considered and met in the context of their whole family. That is why The Children’s Society stresses the importance of the whole-family approach, and has developed the whole family pathway.

Research/report

Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England’s Young Carers

Young carers doing more than 50 hours of care a week are five times more likely to report that their health is ‘not good’. The ‘Invisible and in Distress’ report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, section leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.

Young Carers: In Their Own Words

(Featured resource)To mark Young Carers Awareness Day 2018, Headstart spoke to four young people from the Wolverhampton area about their experiences of being a young carer: how it makes them feel, how it affects them at school, and how Spurgeons UK support them.

Young Carers, The Parents – Dana

(Featured resource)Dana has Multiple Sclerosis, and talks honestly about the impact this has had upon her and her family. Being a parent who needs help around the home can have more of an impact on a parent than we can appreciate. This video series talks with Dana about her feelings regarding being the parent of a young carer.

Young Carers, The Parents – Melanie

(Featured resource)This playlist of videos shows a conversation with Melanie who is the parent of a young carer. Matthew’s younger brother had an accident when he was younger and now Matthew acts a young carer to help his mom and younger brother. Watch this video series to see exactly what it’s like to be a parent of a young carer.

Organisation

Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers.

They work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Spurgeons

(Featured resource)Spurgeons is a national charity with a local group based in Wolverhampton supporting young carers. They offer advice and support, weekly youth club, extra activities like outings and residential during school holidays, and one to one support from a trained worker.

The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre

(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

Young Carers

Children who take on carer responsibilities for parents, siblings or for another extended family member are known as young carers. They can end up taking on this role for a range of reasons – perhaps because a parent/carer has physical or mental health needs or because they are reliant on substances. Many young carers have trouble juggling school and home responsibilities. They may experience more stress, anxiety, low self-esteem/depression, eating/sleeping problems and self-harm than other children. This webpage covers spotting the signs and what schools can do.

Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust

(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.

The Young Carer Quiz

A quiz on facts about Young Carers from The Carers Trust.

Whole Family Pathway

Young carers do not care in isolation from the rest of their family. Although they may need support for themselves, their needs should also be considered and met in the context of their whole family. That is why The Children’s Society stresses the importance of the whole-family approach, and has developed the whole family pathway.

Research/report

Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England’s Young Carers

Young carers doing more than 50 hours of care a week are five times more likely to report that their health is ‘not good’. The ‘Invisible and in Distress’ report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, section leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.