Young Carers Information
Young Carers Rights
The rights for children and young people are from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Your rights as a Young Carer:
The right to learn and have an education
The right to meet with friends and enjoy groups and clubs
The right to relax and play
The right to privacy
The right to say what you think should happen and be listened to
For all Young Carers, you should be involved in all decisions about your support. You can choose to have a friend or family member by your side to help you.
School and Education
We know that having a caring role, while often being rewarding, can also have an impact on your emotional or physical well-being at school, your educational achievement, and your life chances. We are here to support you so that your education doesn’t become another stress in your life, and to help you get the most out of it.
Our team of friendly and supportive outreach workers are available to talk about balancing caring with school, college or 6th form, and to discuss your options if you want to leave home to go to University.
If your school doesn’t know that you are a young carer, they won’t be able to support you as well as they could with things like lateness and poor attendance, not handing in homework on time or low grades, missing extra-curricular activities, feeling tired and isolated, or bullying.
We can help you with support and advice for all of these, and we can also make the link with your school and help them with young carer policies, teacher training, assemblies and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons. We understand what it’s like to be a young carer, and we can help your school to support you, while respecting your privacy and so that you’re not seen as ‘different’.
We have regular drop-in sessions in some Powys schools, so we may be able to see you there: your outreach worker will tell you whether we visit your school.
We also put on trips and activities for young carers and young adult carers, so you can spend time with others who understand what your life is like, which helps balance out life and school pressures.
You Matter too...
We understand how important it is to have access to support and information, and have someone to talk to.
Our team of outreach workers in the Young Carers Service will listen and understand, and provide you with the information and guidance you need.
We also organise and support groups and activities you can take part in with other Young Carers, and offer advocacy (someone to speak on your behalf, for example with school).
Useful Numbers and Links
Credu Connecting Carers:
Phone: 01597 823800
Facebook: Credu Connecting Carers
999 in emergencies or 101 for advice:
e.g. I think we are being bullied in our house as there is rubbish thrown in our garden all the time.
MIND age 16 plus:
suicide prevention: 0800 068 4141
Young Carers helpline:
0300 123 1053
Powys Advocacy for children over child maintenance:
- giving you a voice when you feel like you haven’t got one
Contains information about benefits, links to national and local support organisations, and a directory of services. (9am to 8pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) (11am to 4pm at weekends) you can ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages.
NHS Choices - Young Carers:
This area of the site is for young people who are caring for someone who is ill or disabled. You might have started caring without realising it. In this section you can find out more about: How to tell if you're a Young Carer, Who can help you and Young Carers' rights
Carers Trust: Head Office: 0300 772 9600
honeypot.org.uk works to enhance the lives of Young Carers aged
5-12 years by providing respite breaks
SIBS: For brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults - Sibs.org.uk Sibs exists to support people who grow up with or have grown up with a disabled brother or sister.