Am I a young carer?
You're a young carer if you're under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem.
If you are a Young Carer you'll probably spend a lot of time doing things for other people who cannot do those things for themselves this could be a parent, a brother or sister, relative or friend. This often involves doing tasks which are usually carried out by adults or paid professionals.
Do young carers in Milton Keynes get the support that they need?
In June 2018 Healthwatch Milton Keynes published a report exploring whether Young Carers in Milton Keynes are getting the support that they need.
There are approximately 700 identified young carers in Milton Keynes, but Carers MK estimate the true number is at least double that figure. These responsibilities can impact on the young person’s wellbeing and many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring role, causing pressure and stress.
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The responsibility for assessment and responding to the needs of a young carer rests with the service responsible for assessing the person they support. It is usually Children’s Services who take the lead for young carers of disabled children and Adult Services to take the lead where the cared for person is an adult.
Young Carers MK works with and supports children and young people aged 8-19 years. Young Carers are supported in a variety of ways, including regular clubs and activities, one-to-one support where needed, targeted group work, information, advice and signposting, opportunity to meet with other young carers, support in schools.
As a young carer, you shouldn't be doing the same things as adult carers. Find out about what support is available to you.
Find out about how you can get help at school, from a social worker, or from a health professional.
Carers Trust helps young carers to cope with their caring role through specialised services across the UK.