They can sometimes be as young as 5 years old...
Without support, young carers’ educational achievement and development can be significantly affected, with little time to do homework, coursework, attend open days or socialise with friends.
This is why Family Action delivers support to young carers across England. Find out more about Young Carers, and where Family Action's Young Carers projects are located.
What We DoAt first contact, a worker from the Young Carers’ Service will take some details about the family’s situation and where possible will visit the family. This enables them to find out more about what is needed, start a young carers’ assessment and then agree a plan about the work we will do together.
Direct work with young people will include:
As well as these specific services for young carers we offer activities with parents and children together, e.g. after-school cooking clubs with both parents and children.
Some projects work within schools with children, providing counselling sessions or lunchtime discussion groups.
In addition there are often special holiday activities and outings for all the family.
Family Action’s projects often work with children in their homes, providing individual support and information to help children to understand their parents’ illness or disability and to express and understand their own feelings about their situation.
Download our Young Carers Services leaflet.
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