Who is a young carer?
While there are multiple definitions of ‘young carer’, the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) defines it as:
’The term ”young carer” should be taken to include children and young people under 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances. The term does not apply to the everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families. The key features for us are that the caring responsibilities persist over time and are important in maintaining the health, safety or day to day well-being of the person cared for and/ or the wider family’.
The ADCS definition appears in its document Working Together to Support Young Carers. A Model Local Memorandum of Understanding between Statutory Directors for Children’s Services and Adult Social Services.
For more detailed information
In its publication Beyond We Care: Putting Black Carers in the Picture; The Afiya Trust and National Black Carers and Carers Workers Network, the complexities of the definitions of the terms ‘BME’, ‘young carer’ and other terms are addressed. See pages 2 through 6 of the publication.
Law and guidance pertaining to young carers
A range of policies should instruct and guide your work with young carers and their families. Please see Young carers legislation and guidance
Whole family working
Resources are available to support you while working with young carers and whole families. Please see Resources to support whole family working.