Young Carer Referral Form
Swindon Carers Centre are contracted by Swindon Borough Council to offer support services to carers in Swindon as part of Swindon Borough Council’s responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families act 2014. In order to provide you with relevant services, it is necessary for us to collect certain information about the Young Carer and the dependent. Certain information will be shared with Swindon Borough Council to assess the services that carers in Swindon are receiving.
Before you complete this referral form, please read the definition below to ensure the young person you are referring meets the service criteria. Please ensure the form is fully completed, otherwise it will be sent back to you for completion and the referral will not be allocated to a carer support practitioner until the completed referral form has been received. Please ensure the form has been signed by the parent or guardian.
A Young Carer provides care, assistance or support to another family member who has a learning disability, a physical or long-term mental illness, or has a substance misuse problem. They carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks, taking on a level of responsibility that is inappropriate to their age or development. Young Carers may also care for parents with periodic spells of illness, such as poor mental health, where in an acute phase; the caring role is sudden and intense.
The nature and extent of the difficulties that young carers face will depend on a number of factors, however, many young carers find that their lives are significantly affected by their caring responsibilities.
When we receive a Young Carer referral, the team will contact the family to arrange a home or school visit to meet the young carer and their family. They will discuss their caring role and complete an assessment to see what appropriate services can be offered to support them. A Young Carer Support Practitioner will arrange to visit the young carer, either at home or school, to discuss their caring responsibilities, what is happening in the home and how we can help to support. We also look to see if other services could be of help to support the young carer and their family. We offer young carer groups and activities during term-time and holidays to provide young carers time out from their caring role.