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Young Carers

Young Carers

If you are a young carer, you can get help and support from the The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Tel: 01259 729917

Young carers are children and young people whose lives are constrained by the need to care for a person who is ill, affected by disability or incapacitated by the misuse of drugs or alcohol.

The person being cared for can be a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other family member. The young carer may be the primary carer, or may be assisting with caring responsibilities. In either case this can have a considerable impact on their lives.

Children may be required to provide care and support in the absence of adequate external support services.

Carers can experience

  • emotional stress
  • physical demands
  • isolation
  • loneliness
  • lack of information
  • lack of support

Who can I speak to?

Some problems won't go away on their own, but you can feel a lot better when you talk to someone about them. You might want to talk to friends, parents, or even a pet!

Talking to a professional like a teacher, doctor or social worker can be best if you want someone to help you with something. You can refer to our Child Care web page for more information.

If you are finding it hard to find the right moment to bring something up with someone, try writing it in a diary, a poem, or a letter first (you don't have to actually give them the letter if you don't want to)!

You could practise what you want to say with ChildLineor telephone 0800 1111 or by emailing YCNet e: youngcarers@carers.org.

School

Teacher

Teachers are often the first point of contact for identification and referral of young carers. You you can find information and practical examples to help you make your school more young carer on The Princess Royal Trust for Carersweb pages below:

  • Education
  • Schools Resources Pack
    • Pack for primary teachers which contains assembly plans, lesson plans, ideas for where young carers can get further help such as through young carers' groups and other useful information.

Support

The Princess Royal Trust host this project and offer young carers access to a range of recreational activities, including respite through residentials.

Other issues

The move into adulthood for young carers is very likely to be hampered by lack of qualifications, limited social skills and continuing caring responsibilities, making entry into the labour market difficult.

Vulnerable people such as young carers, are twice as likely as their peers to have mental health issues.

Much progress has already been made in helping both disabled children and carers within Clackmannanshire and Forth Valley.

Their needs have been identified in many of the relevant strategies such as the Caring Together The Carers' Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015, Accessibility Strategy and Integrated Children's Services Plan.

Scottish Government information

For Further Information Contact

Child Care Services
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 225000 / 450000 Fax: 01259 452440
Email: