You may be entitled to support from Children’s Services. For example, you can be given financial support or breaks from your caring responsibilities. Either you or your family can ask Children’s Services for an assessment under section 17 of the Children Act 1989. The assessment will look at:
You should be involved in the assessment as well as your parents and anyone else you or your parents want to be involved. Your wishes should be considered.
Action for Children provides various services offering practical and emotional support to young carers. (www.actionforchildren.org.uk or 01923 361500)
Carer’s Trust provides an online community for young carers. (https://carers.org/)
Barnardos support young carer’s and their families with various services. (www.barnardos.org.uk)
The Children’s Society: various services providing support to young carers. (www.youngcarer.comor 01962 711511)
Coram Voice free Advocacy Helpline for Children and Young People. (www.coramvoice.org.uk/alwaysheard or 0808 800 5792)