A young carer is defined as anyone between the ages of 5 and 24 who:
- provides care, assistance or support to another family member – usually a parent but sometimes a grandparent, sibling or other relative
- and who carries out significant or substantial caring tasks and assumes a level of responsibility which would usually be associated with an adult
They may be providing care and support for someone who:
- has a learning disability
- has a physical disability
- has a sensory impairment
- is experiencing mental health issues
- is suffering from a long-term health condition
- misuses drugs or alcohol
- is affected by the ageing process.
Support for the Parent
The disabled parent or grandparent will first need to be assessed by Adult Social Care. To request an assessment they (or someone acting on their behalf) will initially need to contact the Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre on: 0300 500 80 80 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information please see our Adult Social Care pages.
Adult Social Care will then arrange to visit your family and assess the needs of the cared for person and discuss the impact that caring has on the young carer and the support that they may need.
Support for the Young Carer
If the young carer requires support then an assessment of their needs can be made regardless whether or not the person they care for has had a community care assessment.
Young Carers' Personal Budget
Following a young carers' assessment additional support may be available for:
- Assistance towards going on a school trip or holiday
- Leisure activities
- A contribution towards vocational activities
- Equipment required for your education e.g. books, computer
To obtain a young carers' assessment, contact the Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80 or email email@example.com
For more details, please download our Fact Sheet [PDF]
Helping young carers
Family Action manages the Nottinghamshire Young Carers Service on behalf of the County Council. Working in partnership with a range of statutory and voluntary, community and independent sector partners, the Young Carers Service aims to reduce the burden of care on children and young people aged from 5 to 24 by:
- raising awareness of the issues young carers have to deal with
- helping services to identify young carers and young adult carers
- assessing the individual needs of young carers and their families
- offering training to professionals to improve the level and quality of support
- striving for inclusion by helping services to make sure that they have procedures and protocols in place that take account of young carers
- providing tailored support, advice and assistance
- running groups and activities as a break from their caring role
- offering support to young adults aged 18-24
Young adult carers
For more details, please download our Young Adult Carers factsheet [PDF]
Find out more and get help
You can contact Family Action on tel: 0115 947 3023 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more details, download our leaflet: Nottinghamshire Young Carers leaflet [PDF] or visit the Family Action website: www.family-action.org.uk. You can also contact us to request a copy of our Young Carers Strategy.
Further information for young carers can be found on the Princes Royal Trust for Carers website: www.youngcarers.net
You can also find information on the Family Action Nottinghamshire Young Carers and Young Adult Carers Service Facebook page: www.facebook.com/familyactionnottinghamshireyoungcarers