Barnardo’s are commissioned by Lancashire County Council to deliver support to young carers aged up to 18 across Lancashire, however we are unable to work with young carers within the two unitary authorities of Blackburn with Darwen and Blackpool Borough Councils.
Supporting Young Carers in Lancashire
•Are you aged under 18 years old?
•Caring for someone with a Physical disability, mental health problem and/or a substance misuse problem?
•Significantly affected by your caring role?
•Not getting along with your family or friends?
•Feeling down or have low self-esteem?
•Not attending education, employment or training?
•Not getting any spare time of your own
Barnardo’s offer free and confidential support to young carers in Lancashire
Definition of Young Carers
‘Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically ill, disabled or misuses substances. This does not apply to the everyday and occasional help around the home that may often be expected of or given by children in families.’
We would like all Young Carers in Lancashire to have the freedom to make informed choices about their lives and the level of care that they give.
Our Vision is for all Young Carers to receive appropriate information and support to enable them to feel valued and confident in their caring situation and to develop their own potential.
Our aim is to support, empower and equip Young Carers by ensuring they are recognised as a carer, supported to have a life outside caring, improve mental health and wellbeing and ensure children are protected from harmful caring roles and are thriving.
Every Young Carer has a right to an assessment, which takes into account the level of caring role and the impact this has on their daily life.
A Project Worker will complete an assessment with the young carer with input from family members where appropriate. The assessment will help to identify areas of need and support and the young carer will be tiered according to needs:
Level 1 for high level of need
Level 2 for medium level of need
Level 3 for low level of need
Once assessed, the young carer will have a named worker who will be there to support them and provide information and advice.
A support plan will be developed with the young carer and their family and will outline what is needed to support the whole family and reduce the impact of caring on the young carer.
This can be one to one support, group work, signposting to other services, advocacy and support at meetings.
Young carers will be supported through significant transitions including: primary to secondary schools, secondary schools to further education, and from young carer’s to adult carer’s support services.