Supporting
young carers

We provide practical and emotional support.

We work with and support young carers across the UK, providing practical and emotional support to ensure they enjoy and achieve, just like their peers.

Young carers aren't going to stop caring. But we can help give them a break to learn and have fun, letting them balance their caring responsibilities with just being a child and growing up.

Young People from the Shadow Transition Group

Working in partnership

Early identification is the key. We work in close partnership with schools, education welfare, children's social care services and GPs. We help to identify young carers, raise much-needed awareness of their situation, and offer the support that they need, when they need it.

Our work with schools

Teachers play a crucial role in helping young carers to reach their educational potential. We work with teachers to help them accommodate the needs of the child. The links we build with schools and staff means we can provide support and advice which will benefit the young carer, their teachers and education facility.

Our emotional and practical support not only helps young carers come to terms with their parent's illness, it also helps them build positive relationships outside their family

Emotional and practical support

Our emotional and practical support not only helps young carers come to terms with their parent's illness, it also helps them build positive relationships outside their family. Working with whole families, we link with adult services to make sure the parents are accessing the relevant support available. The result is a reduction in the caring responsibilities of the child.

Taking a break

We provide regular breaks, access to fun activities and opportunities to meet other young people in the same circumstances. Most importantly, we relieve provide relief from responsibilities for a while to allow our carers to enjoy being a child.

Group of young people playing with a dog

Our services include:

  • Individual support for young carers on a one-to-one basis (and for parents if required)
  • Needs assessment of young carers and their family
  • Opportunities for young people to meet other young carers
  • Opportunities for young people to join in planned groups and activities
  • Signposting to other services if necessary, for young carers and/or parents
  • Advocacy work
  • Monthly parents' drop in
  • Family outings
  • Outings for young carers
  • Help for young carers to access adult services on turning 18
  • Awareness raising
  • Work with schools
  • Multi-agency working

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