Supporting the health and wellbeing of young carers

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
31 March 2014
Subject(s)
Children and Young People, Families, Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This pathway sets out the key messages for services and professionals to meet the needs of young carers. It is of interest to all professionals providing on-going care where a child or young person may be involved in caring duties; particularly those working in school nursing services. School Nurses play an important role in identifying young carers in the school aged population, both in and out of education. Public Health Nurses can play an important role in identifying and supporting families where there may be a child or young person caring or who could become a carer. As the number of adults with long term conditions and mental health issues are increasing, children, young people, and families are taking on more caring responsibilities.

The pathway will: adopt a life course approach and provide a clear focus on identified outcomes for children, young people and their families; build on evidence based good practice and provide clarity relating to identified complex needs and service structure; and provide an understanding and clarity around roles, functions and engagement with key partners.

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