Further information for professionals on young carers
Many children and young people who are caring for someone in their family do not see themselves as young carers. Sometimes they have grown up with their caring role and it seems normal to them, for others it is because they do not want to be seen as different or singled out from their peers and stigmatised or judged.
Many children and young people who are caring for someone in their family do not see themselves as young carers.
Teachers, tutors or support staff can help young carers and young adult carers self-identify by checking if they are caring for a family member.
Identifying young carers
Social workers and professionals within an education setting such as teachers or support staff have been widely recognised as the people who are potentially most likely to identify hidden young carers.
In school, young carers often present as mature for their age, with no or few peer relationships.
Some indicators that a young person may be a young carer are:
- They are often late or miss school for no apparent reason, often with parental permission
- They may be underachieving at school or struggling to keep up with homework, often handing in work late or of poor quality
- They can present as being tired or withdrawn or not want to talk about their home life. They may also have behavioural issues or have difficulty concentrating
- They may have difficulty in taking part in after-school clubs or outside activities
- They are often isolated from their peers or a victim of bullying
- They may express anxiety or concern over someone at home (the person they care for)
Make a referral
If you are a professional who is looking to make a referral to Birmingham Young Carers, please contact us using the details below:
Referrals are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided.
You can either complete the referral form with as many details as you can and:
email it back to email@example.com or return it to our office.
You can also contact us on 0121 638 0876 to have any questions answered.
Identifying young carers in schools
Teachers, tutors or support staff can help young carers and young adult carers self identify by checking if they are caring for a family member.
These children and young people may be undertaking emotional or practical tasks within their families that involve supporting an adult or sibling, undertaking household tasks, shopping, dealing with finances, and looking after younger siblings because the person they care for is unable to.
With support, a young carer can achieve in school or college and fulfil their potential.
Professionals who work with adults
Professionals who work with adults with a disability or illness play an important role in supporting and identifying young carers by simply asking the adult they are working with if there is a child who is caring for them at home.