supporting Young Carers & Young Adult Carers and their families to reduce the impact of caring responsibilities
South Tyneside Young Carers Service supports Young Carers & Young Adult Carers (up to the age of 25 yrs) and their families to reduce the impact of caring responsibilities, helping them to realise their full potential.
Who Are Young Carers?
The term “Young Carer” should be taken to include persons under 18 who provide or intend to provide care for another person of any age except where that care is provided for payment, pursuant to a contract or as voluntary work. (Children and Families Act 2014)
For the the purpose of Humankind’s South Tyneside Young Carers Service this also includes Young Adult Carers aged 16-25.
What Tasks might a Young Carer Perform?
Young Carers may find their caring responsibilities negatively affect their school attendance, social opportunities, their emotional well-being (worry, stress, anger, guilt, frustration, confidence and self-esteem). It can also affect family relationships, finances and access to training or employment for Young Adult Carers. Caring responsibilities may also be inappropriate for age and /or maturity.
If a Young Carer is affected in any of the following ways by their caring responsibilities we may be able to help:
If a Young Carer is being negatively affected by caring responsibilities, we will carry out an assessment and agree a length of time to work with them and their families, by providing focused interventions to promote resilience, coping skills and independence from services. We may provide:
Following the initial period of work with a Young Carer and/or family, a review will be held to establish if support is still appropriate or needed.
The service is funded by South Tyneside Council.