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Caring for Needs of Others in the Home

 

There are many reasons that children become involved in looking after a loved one. It could be they provide care from time to time. Others might have caring responsibilities every day. The support they provide could be with physical and/or emotional care. It is important young people are supported in this role.

Families sometimes worry that they will get into trouble because their children are involved in caring duties. This is not the case and services are there to help children who provide care.

When a child is a young carer it is important they are able to access the help that allows them to get the education they need, and the fun they deserve.

 

  • Research shows without support young carers can miss or cut short an average of 48 school days a year. This affects their education and time with their friends. They can struggle with their emotional wellbeing because of the demands of their caring role. Accessing the support available can make a big difference now and in the future.

    If your child is a young carer let the school know. This will allow them to make a plan with you and your child that is sensitive to your families needs. They can help make sure your child and family are accessing all the support needed for your child to thrive.

    Norfolk County Council offer a package of support for young carers you can find out more about what your family can expect in Norfolk *here*.

    Young Carers are entitled to a ‘Young Carers Needs Assessment’ you can request an assessment via Norfolk County Council’s local Early Help Family Focus Team *here* . A professional known to your family can also request this on your behalf.

    There are local charities that provide support to Young Carers you can find out about the services they provide *here*.

     

     

Who Can Help?

You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520 631590. Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays) and 9am-1pm on Saturdays.

If you are 11-19 you can text ChatHealth on 07480 635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

*Click Here* to speak to other Norfolk parents and carers, you can join our online community forum. 

 

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