Children and young people sometimes become carers too. You may be under 18 yourself and carrying out significant caring and household tasks because you have a parent, brother, sister, other relative or friend who:
- has a physical disability
- has a mental health problem or learning disability
- has a long term or terminal illness
- has a problem with drug or alcohol use
Councils have a responsibility for the well-being of young carers and must ensure that they receive the necessary support. In Torfaen, we genuinely acknowledge the important role young carers play and we provide support and leisure opportunities to enable young carers to experience age appropriate activities and social relationships.
Torfaen’s Young Carers Service works with children, young people and their families to give the young people who are carers and give them a short break from their caring role.
This support includes:
- working with professionals and others to raise and maintain awareness of issues that affect young carers
- provision of information and support to reduce anxiety, stress and social isolation
- support to minimise the effect of the young person’s caring duties on their education
- encouragement to maintain good physical and mental health
- support and encouragement to participate in leisure and youth activities
- an opportunity to enjoy a range of activities with other young carers
Very occasionally, a 16 or 17 year old who cares for someone may be entitled to a carer's assessment.
Click here for a copy of Torfaen’s Young Carers Strategy.
Last Modified: 05/12/2018
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