SENT ON BEHALF OF DENISE BEEVERS, LOCALITY SERVICE MANAGER (CENTRAL AND EAST), LEARNING AND OPPORTUNITIES: CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE, DMBC
I’m sure you are aware that local authorities and their partners have a duty to identify young carers, to assess their caring responsibilities and offer support in order to reduce the impact of their caring role.
With your help we have managed to increase the number of young carers known to us to 182 over the last year. However we have some way to go to identify the estimated 720 young carers who live in Doncaster.
We recognise the professionals who work with children can make a huge difference to the experiences and outcomes of young carers through their positive relationships and the care and understanding they show.
To support professionals further in identifying and supporting young carers we have developed a toolkit which I have attached for your school to use. The key areas included in the toolkit are:
- Who is a young carer?
- How to identify a young carer
- Young carers assessment
- How you can help
- Information about the Young carers service
I would also like to draw your attention to the Young Carers card we have introduced following feedback from young carers. This enables a young carer to identify themselves as a carer to professionals such as teachers or health workers. The card has a traffic light image on the rear of the card this allows a young person to tell someone how they are feeling without words, if they do not feel like talking at that time or are unable to explain what the problem is they can simply point at the red traffic light. This will then allow the young person and the professional to talk about what may be upsetting them at a more appropriate time.
We would like to encourage all schools and organisations to identify a Young Carers champion to provide a specific point of contact who can link in directly to the Young Carers service and a young carers practitioner for further support.
I hope you find the toolkit useful and I have attached a referral form too. if you have any further questions or comments then please get in touch.