Young Carers' National ID card launched in Torfaen

Posted on: Monday 15 March 2021
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After 18 months of planning and development by local authorities, Welsh Government and Carers Trust Wales, today (15 March 2021) a new Young Carers’ National ID card scheme has been launched in Torfaen.

Torfaen Council is the first council in South East Wales to launch a young carer ID card, as part of the national scheme, and it coincides with the celebrations of Young Carers’ Action Day, which takes place on 16th March 2021.

Young Carers are ‘children and young people who help look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems or is affected by substance misuse’.  

The YCID card has several benefits for the young carers that choose to have them, this includes:

  • Raising awareness of their responsibilities as carers and to give formal recognition to their role
  • Discreetly letting people know about their caring responsibilities without having to share personal details over and over again
  • To give confidence to ask for help or understanding from professionals like teachers, doctors and pharmacists

YCID card holders will also benefit from Torfaen Leisure Trust services, such as free swimming and access to the gym. 

Young carers in Torfaen have welcomed the scheme, which they believe will enable them to be better supported within their communities, and will therefore help improve their well-being.

Young carers often undertake a wide range of tasks like cooking, shopping, housework, physical care, lifting, and personal care.  It is often also emotional support, looking after siblings who have a care and support need, interpreting, taking and picking up siblings from school, and administering medication.

There are estimated to be around 30,000 young carers in Wales and since the start of the pandemic there will be more young people who have found themselves with caring responsibilities. In Torfaen, carers’ needs assessments are undertaken by the young carers’ social worker and currently Torfaen Young Carers Team are supporting just over 120 young carers who have had a carers’ assessment.

Torfaen Young Carers’ team has worked closely with Carers Trust Wales, and will be working with a range of partners to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the roll out of our card in Torfaen. 

Torfaen Young Carers have also worked hard to raise the awareness amongst schools, colleges, pharmacies, GP surgeries and local supermarkets, helping them understand the needs of our young carers, to support them when they need access to services.

Julie Morgan, MS, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services said:

“I want to express my thanks to all of Wales’ young carers and young adult carers for the fantastic support they give to family and friends in such testing times.”

“Even before the pandemic started we knew young carers and young adult carers faced numerous pressures whilst caring for someone. The past twelve months have shown us that unfortunately many people don’t know how to recognise, help or support a young carer.

“This national ID card scheme will give young carers a quick way to easily inform their teachers, supermarket staff, pharmacies or their GP surgery, that they look after someone. It will also help them access their rights under our Social Services and Well-being Wales Act 2014, including their right to a carers’ needs assessment.

“I am pleased that we are working closely with local authorities including Torfaen, and Carers Trust Wales, to ensure every area of Wales offers its young carers an ID card by 2022.  By working together we can all deliver better support and recognition for young carers throughout Wales.”

Executive Member for Children, Families and Communities, Cllr Fiona Cross, said: “We are very proud of the Young Carers in our borough who provide an excellent example of the true meaning of caring and highlight the relationship between dependence and independence.  It is so pleasing to see that recognition via the Young Carers’ national ID card project and to play our part here in Torfaen

The new ID card scheme is offered to our young carers through our trusted referrer route, or their families can apply direct via our council website without the need for a formal assessment”.

Kate Cubbage, Head of External Affairs for Carers Trust Wales said “Young carers across Wales have long called for an ID card to help them get the recognition they deserve and the support they need.

“We are delighted that Torfaen Council is launching an ID card as part of the new national model this Young Carers Action Day and we look forward to every area in Wales having an ID card by 2022.

“The card and supporting resources for professionals will help to empower young carers to speak openly with health, social care and education professionals about their needs. The resources, available to download on Carers.org/YCID, will also give professionals the tools they need to recognise young carers and to support them appropriately.”

“We’re pleased to have worked with Welsh Government, local authorities and professional bodies across Wales to make such positive progress for young carers.”

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