A young carer is somebody who is aged under 18 and looks after a parent, sibling or any other family member who may have a disability, serious illness, problems with their mental health or with alcohol or drugs.
As you may be aware, the service we provide to young carers has been redesigned to allow us to offer young carers a county wide, more individualised service.
From today, if you identify a young carer during the course of your work, you should access the Young Carer Health and Wellbeing Check through our new young carers webpage
This form should be completed with the young person and / or parent, and asks a range of questions about their wellbeing and caring responsibilities.
Once you have submitted this google form, it will be sent through to Early Help in the front door for processing and then to a Young Carers Worker who will contact the young person to undertake a more detailed assessment, and put the relevant support in place. This could include access to an Active Northumberland Leisure pass, access to existing young carer groups, access to a dedicated support line and to activities led by the Youth Service.