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Young Carers Statement

What are the assessments for children and young people?

The Young Carers Statement (YCS) is an opportunity to discuss with Social Work Resources what supports or services you need.  It will help you think about what support you may need if you wish to continue caring and have a life similar to that of other young people. The child’s plan contained within the Young Carer Statement will set out any needs you have and how those will be met.  A young carer can have a Young Carer Statement even if they already have an integrated assessment child’s plan.

Who completes the Young Carers Statement?

Your local authority will normally be responsible for offering you a Young Carer Statement. They will agree with you when and how the Young Carer Statement conversation is to take place. It may not always be your local authority that prepares the Young Carer Statement. The ‘responsible authority’ can also be:

  • The health board – where a young carer is a pre-school child;
  • Another local authority – where a young carer attends a local authority school away from the area they normally live; or
  • The young carer’s grant-aided school or independent school

The Young Carer Statement begins with a conversation with your worker where you discuss your caring role and what is important to you in your life. It helps plan what could help you work towards your goals. It will look at how caring impacts on your life and what is important to you in your life.

Why is it important?

It helps you think about what supports you might need if you wish to continue caring. The plan sets out any needs you may have and how those needs can be met. It will set out:

  • A young carer’s identified needs (if any)
  • A young carer’s identified personal outcomes
  • The support (if any) to be provided by the responsible local authority to a young carer to meet those needs

Be prepared

Think about good and bad days.

Think about a typical day helping the person you care for, keep a note of your own needs and concerns.

Think about the things that could help you cope.

When you have the conversation with your worker you will talk about your aims, hopes and what is important to you. The worker should talk about outcomes:

What is an Outcome:

An outcome is a result or what you are trying to achieve whilst maintaining your caring role. Some of your outcomes you may be achieving are:

  • Healthy
  • Safe
  • Nurtured
  • Responsible
  • Included
  • Active
  • Achieving

Understanding outcomes

Look at the Eligibility criteria to think about how those outcomes impact on your daily life. When you make a plan it can help decide which level of need you reach in the local eligibility criteria for support. The plan is used to decide what supports you have a right to.

Information in the Young Carer Statement

The Young Carer Statement will contain a variety of information about your own circumstances and caring role. It must contain information about:-

  1. The nature and extent of the care provided and the impact on your wellbeing and day-to-day life.
  2. The extent to which you are able and willing to provide care; whether the responsible authority thinks that it is appropriate for you, as a child or young person, to be a Carer for the person you care for.
  3. Emergency and future care planning, including any arrangements that are in place.
  4. What ‘personal outcomes’ matter to you in order to continue to provide care, where that is appropriate, to have a life alongside caring, and to improve your own health and wellbeing.
  5. Support available to you if you live in a different local authority area from the person you care for.
  6. Whether support should be provided as a break from caring.
  7. Support available to you locally.
  8. Any support which the responsible authority intends to provide to you.
  9. The circumstances in which your Young Carer Statement is to be reviewed.

How do you get a Young Carers Statement?

You, the young carer can request a Young Carer Statement. You can be referred by a practitioner such as a doctor, teacher, social or support worker. Direct services may be provided as a result of your assessment and/or you may additionally be signposted to relevant voluntary organisations who can offer you a wide range of Information, advice, supports and services that can make a difference to you.

To find out more about the Young Carers Statement you can contact Young Carers Service directly, or you can request an assessment at Carer Support Request. To help you understand the Act and your Rights, Carers Trust Scotland have produced a Young Carers Jargon Buster.

GIRFEC is the overarching approach to supporting children and young people in Scotland. Further information can be found at GIRFEC - South Lanarkshire.