Young Carers Information for Professionals
8th June 2017
What is a Young Carer?
• A young carer is “a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person (other than someone who does this because of a contract or volunteering work)”.
• They will often be providing physical and/or emotional support to someone because that person has a disability, has a physical or mental illness, or has issues with substance misuse.
• We know that there are well over 5000 Young Carers in Norfolk but many are hidden because they do not realise they are a young carer, or because of fears of stigma/external involvement.
• Being a young carer can have a significant impact on their physical and mental health, educational attainment and their transition into adulthood.
Norfolk Young Carers Forum has put together a range of awareness-raising mini-presentations which cover various issues relating to young carers and the support available:
All of this information and more on further safeguarding resources can be found here.