Information For Young Carers

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

From April 2018 local authorities and health boards were legally required to provide information on  ‘Young Carer Statement’ which identifies and provides eligible support to those providing care.  

There are a wide range of services for young carers provided through the Glasgow City Carers Partnership. To read about the Partnership’s approach to providing services and delivering better outcomes for Young Carers and their families here or click on the following link for more about which services are available to carers in the city.

For a Young Carer to receive a Young Carer Statement, a request can be made from the young carer themselves or from education, primary health care or other organisations/services supporting the young person.

Most Young Carers and families will work with a Young Carers Worker from the local Carers Centre to help complete a Young Carers Statement. As part of the Young Carers Statement, an Outcomes Based Support Plan may be created.

The key objectives of young carers’ services are protection from inappropriate caring and ensuring young carers have the support they need to learn, develop and thrive and to enjoy positive childhoods.

The services offered are based on supporting young carers through a family based approach to tackle the underlying causes of inappropriate caring roles, delivering and accessing supports that meet the needs of the whole family.

The services deliver family work, individual work and, where required, short term targeted group work interventions with young carers to promote resilience, strengths, skills and capabilities to reduce assessed risk and meet assessed needs. 

The services support young carers to engage with community based youth and school based activities and work in partnership with youth providers to support the development and delivery of evening, weekend and school holiday activities for young people including preparing funding bids where appropriate.

The agreed Glasgow Carers Partnership Young Carer Pathway and protocols with education, social work and health carers:

  • Undertake holistic Young Carer Statements and where necessary adult Carer Support Plans with a focus on alleviating the caring role
  • Identify levels of needs and risk, and young carer and family outcomes
  • Develop outcome based support plans for young carers through a whole family approach using the Getting It Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) Framework
  • Formally review Young Carer Statements and support plans and make decisions to close, monitor and review or re-assess if needs change significantly
  • Undertake evaluations with young carers and their families to evidence the impact of service delivery and measure outcomes
  • Where appropriate refer cared for persons or parents for statutory support as per agreed joint working protocols
  • Share completed Young Carer Statements securely with Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership services.

For more information about support available to young people who have a caring role please call the Carers Information Line - 0141 353 6504.

The services work within the context of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, recognising that young carers with additional needs should have any needs concerning their well-being assessed through the process of the child’s plan. The services work within the context of the Carer (Scotland) Act 2016.