Suffolk Family Carers welcome referrals for young people aged 5 years and upwards, who are doing more than would usually be expected of a person their age due to the long term condition of a family member. We refer to carers aged 16-24 years as Young Adult Carers.
While some young carers offer practical help, others may provide more emotional support. Caring for a parent with a physical condition, for example, may involve physical help such as getting dressed or doing the cooking, but caring for a parent with a mental health problem, or who misuses drugs or alcohol, involves more emotional guidance and support. Sibling carers may feel the need to keep an eye on the brother or sister they care for or worry about them when they are in school.
Young Carers’ Needs Assessment
Our young people’s service currently complete Young Carer Needs Assessment on behalf of Suffolk County Council.
The Children and Families Act 2014 states that young carers have a legal right to a young carers assessment. The purpose of the assessment is to identify individual needs and how the caring role affects the wellbeing of the young person. Upon receiving a referral into our young carer service, the young person will be offered an assessment to be completed with one of our experienced advisers.
Our assessment works to a Signs of Safety Framework, recognising the strengths of the family as well as identifying challenges faced by its members. The wishes, feelings and aspirations of the young person is at the centre of our Young Carers Needs Assessment. The assessment will lead to an agreed plan of support decided by the young person and the adviser, including sign posting to other organisations.
The Children and Families Act 2014 states the the copy of the assessment must be shared with the parent. For young people over the age of 14 we require your consent to share an overview your assessment.
How we can help
Our team of experienced and knowledgeable advisers can offer:
- One to one catch ups to provide wellbeing support
- Opportunities to meet other carers and have a break from their caring role
- Workshops and programmes to build confidence and life skills
- Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
- Advice and support in school
- Condition specific information to increase understanding and reduce worry
- Advocacy when their voice needs to be heard
- Signposting to other relevant agencies
We endeavour to support young people through crucial points of their life whether this is deciding on further or higher education or employment, or choices about independence.
“The young people we work with say: “The advisers are very friendly and give you useful advice and information that will make you feel more happy and confident when speaking to others. Plus it’s a great way to make new friends who are in the same situations as yourself. It’s a great way to have a break from home.”