A young carer is anyone under the age of 18 who looks after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or substance misuse problem. Young Carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
This may be a family member such as parent, brother or sister, or grandparent. They may be looking after more than one person. Young Carers are not those caring for someone with a short term illness, or caring for non-disabled siblings whilst non-disabled parents are absent, e.g. babysitting.
Young Carers may help the person they care for with a variety of different things, such as: washing and dressing, making meals, doing the laundry, providing nursing care, such as giving medication, or lifting someone up and down stairs or in and out of bed. Or making sure the person is safe, as well as giving emotional support.
Support for young carers
Swindon Borough Council work in partnership with Swindon Carers Centre Young Carers Team to offer support to Young Carers aged from 5 - 18 years. Young Adult Carers aged 18 - 25 years will also be supported through Swindon Carers Centre.
Each Young Carer and their family will be offered an assessment of the caring role to look at what help you may need. A Young Carers support worker will then offer a number of choices which may include any of the following:
- Telephone, text, facebook or email support
- Time out on your own with a Young Carers support worker
- Groups and activities with other children and young people of the same age who are Young Carers
- To be part of the Young Carers forum where your views can be heard
- Additional support for other carer's within the family through the adult carer's support team
We will also look at whether other services could be of help to you and the person you care for.
How to get in touch
The Adult Social Care team are the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries relating to adult social care and support.