To ensure that Young Carers receive the additional support they require, it is important that they are identified. Once identified a young carer will then be entitled to a Needs Assessment by the Local Authority.
This needs assessment will explore the impact of their caring role on their own health, education, and social life. The assessment can be requested by contacting Norfolk County Council on 0344 800 8020.
Young Carers in Norfolk have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. They may have found themselves taking on more responsibilities and not being able to access support as easily. Young Carers have told us that they have found themselves in emergency situations related to their caring role and not known what to do.
This new emergency planning template has been developed to help young carers plan ahead for emergency situations that might happen and think about how they might manage them, or who they might ask for help.
Click on the image below to download the document.
Norfolk Healthy Child Programme is committed to identifying and supporting young carers. We were awarded with the carer friendly tick award in February 2020. As part of this an agreement was drawn up with young carers.
We recognise that Young Carers may require support for a range of healthy issues so please explore our website and refer to specific pages on emotional health, healthy lifestyles and child development & additional needs. We also currently have a section with more specific information relating to COVID-19.
If you wish to discuss a referral into our service to support your child’s health needs please contact Just One Number.
Who Can Help?
Carers Matter Norfolk provides the countywide service supporting unpaid carers. *Click here* to access lots of useful information on their dedicated website for young people. Young carers and their families can receive 1:1 or group support from Carers Matter to help them make choices about their caring and get the support they need. If you want to talk to one of the team about your child as a young carer, you can call them on 0800 083 1148.
You can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling Just One Number on 0300 300 0123 or texting Parentline on 07520631590. 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 07480635060 for confidential advice from one of our team.
You can speak to other Norfolk parents and carers by clicking our online community forum below.