Am I a Young Carer?
Young carers are children who look after someone within their family home. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member who has an illness, physical or learning disability, a mental health illness or misuse of drugs or alcohol.
A young carer usually takes on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
The Young Carer team supports children aged 5 years and up.
View this video, created by registered young carers in Swindon, to learn more about the impact of being a young carer.
How can Swindon Carers Centre help?
When we receive a young carer referral, the team will contact the family to arrange a home or school visit to meet with the young person to undertake a young carers assessment.
This assessment is about exploring the young person’s caring role along with other areas of their life such as school, friendships and what they like doing. This gives the Young Carer Support Practitioner a good understanding of how Swindon Carers Centre can support. Where appropriate, we will be able to offer a break away from their caring role, this may be school holiday activities and/or term time groups. Our assessment also helps to see if other local services would be relevant to the young carer and their family.
If you wish to refer a young person to Swindon Carers Centre, you can make a self-referral using our online referral form or request a paper copy.
The Young Carers Service is currently experiencing a high volume of referrals. We want to inform you that there may be a delay in contacting you to arrange an assessment, but please be reassured that we will be in touch as soon as possible.