Young carers and families

Young carers are children and young people aged under 18 who help look after or support a family member or friend who is disabled, ill or misuses drugs or alcohol. The child or young person may help with practical tasks or emotional support for the disabled or ill person or others in the family or household.

All young carers have the right to an assessment of their help and support needs from Norfolk County Council.

It doesn’t matter who they care for, how much, or what kind of care they provide or are planning to provide in the future. If caring is affecting the child or young person’s health, education, friendships or social life they are entitled to a young carer needs assessment.

We have a legal duty when carrying out an assessment to not only recognise how the young carer’s wellbeing, health and education is affected by their caring role, but also to consider the needs of the whole family. This may lead to plans to support more than one member of the family.

View Norfolk’s Guide for Young Carers and Families

View central government guidance for councils to support young carers and families

A young carer or their parent can ask for a young carer needs assessment or someone else can ask for it on their behalf.

Contact your local Early Help Family Focus Team to request a young carer needs assessment.

Young adult carers

As a young carer approaches their 18th birthday they are entitled to a transition assessment to ensure they have the information about options, choices and support as an adult. It is important to start this kind of planning for the future well before a young carer reaches 18.

For more information about transition assessments for young adult carers:

Visit the Carers Matter Norfolk website
Phone 0800 0831 148 Monday - Friday 8am to - 8pm, Saturday 4pm - 8pm, Sunday 8am - 12pm 
Text 07537 417850.

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