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There are all sorts of benefits and services that both you, the person you care for, and the rest of your family, may be able to have to improve your life.  To make sure you receive everything that is available, different people carry out what is called an 'assessment'.   This just means meeting with your family and asking about any problems you have and then offering information, advice or support to make those problems less.

 

You and your family may already have help and support from someone - a mental health worker or physical disability worker perhaps - who comes in to your home and helps the person you care for with their illness or disability.

 

By law young carers of all ages have a right to have a personal assessment too, when the person they care for is assessed and if you're 16 years or over you can have your own assessment, whether the person you care for is being assessed or not.

Your rights as a young carer

 

  Have an education

  Be able to enjoy free time

  Be protected from psychological and physical harm

  Have a voice, be listend to and believed

  Have respect and privacy

  Have information and advice

  Have health and social care for your personal wellbeing

  Have a voice in discussions which affect your life  

Remember, it's your right as a child to . . .

and it's your right as a young carer to . . .

We will first meet with your parent or guardian and obtain their permission to meet with you.  Although we may sometimes involve other members of your family in activities our main focus within your family will always be YOU.

 

We will meet you for a chat and complete a relaxed assessment and then work out together any help and support you need as a young carer.  See all the things we do on our 'How we Can Help' page!  From youth club to trips to useful and understanding one-to-one confidential chats with one of support workers - we are here to help.

 

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 Have an assessment to see what help and support you need

 Have pratical help and support with caring

 Make choices about the amount of care you can give

 Be recognised and treated separately to the person you care for

 Have information about your 'cared for' illness

 Have advice about who to contact in an emergency