What is a Young Carer Statement?
A young carer statement is available to all young carers. You can write it with someone that supports you in school or a support worker from your local young carer service. It can help you to think about your caring role and discuss how caring affects your life. It is useful because it helps others to understand what you do as a young carer and helps you to find out what support can be put in place to help make things easier for you.
What will be included in my statement?
Your statement will include information about why you are a young carer and the caring jobs you do. It gives you space to say if there are things you like and don’t like about your caring role and to think about what skills you have gained. It will also ask you about your life outside of caring, ideas you have for the future and if you think you could do with some more support at school or at home. It will help you to think about what you would do in an emergency or if something unexpected happened to you or the person you care for.
What happens after I have completed my statement?
Your statement will include an action plan. This will allow you to create goals that will help you to have a life alongside caring, and to improve your own health and wellbeing. You will complete this together with a support worker and you will come back together at a later date to discuss if the plan helped you and any changes you would like to make moving forward.
How do I get a Young Carer Statement?
Someone that supports you in school or a support worker from your local young carer service will provide you with everything you need so you can complete the statement together.
What are my rights?
All young carers have the right to a Young Carer Statement but it is your choice and you don’t have to have one. It can be helpful for you to share your statement with the people who support you in school, your doctor, or a social worker, so they can understand what it is like for you being a young carer, but it is your choice who you share it with.