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:

  • Who Are Young Carers
  • How it feels to be a Young Carer
  • Young Carers Presentation – Sources of Support
  • All of this information and more on further safeguarding resources can be found here.

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