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Young Carers Project

A Young carer is a young person aged between 5-18 years old who cares for a family member they live with who may have a disability, chronic or serious illness, a mental health issue or an alcohol, drug/ substance misuse problem.

At times, caring for someone can be quite demanding which means a young carer has less time for hobbies, interests, friends, part-time work or school work.

A Young Carer may take on extra household chores, sort out medications, help someone to wash, or be a comfort to someone who requires mental or emotional support.

As a local authority, The Young Cares Project has a duty to identify and assess the needs of young carers and offer tailored support. We achieve this by taking self-referrals and referrals from other services, practitioners and professionals working with young people where a caring role has been identified.

To make a referral to the Young Carers Project through the Hull City Council Website please click - https://earlyhelpportallive.hullcc.gov.uk/web/portal/pages/publicehassess#ssa

Following a referral, an appointment will be made to meet the young person either at home or in school and a ‘My Star’ assessment will be completed. A My Star assessment is used to capture the voice of the child, their needs and their perspective on the challenges they are facing whilst undertaking their caring role. The My Star assessment helps a young person discuss their physical health, where they live, being safe, relationships, feelings and behaviour, friends, confidence and self-esteem, education and learning. Assessments can be made over the telephone, in children’s centres, local youth centres and through home visits.

Following this assessment, a suitable support plan can be agreed which suits the needs of the young carer. This could include information, advice and guidance on wider opportunities, one to one support with a Young Carers Project Worker or access to weekly fun social peer support groups and holiday activities.

A Young Carers Project Worker can also support young carers to make an application to the Young Carers Wellbeing Grant, find more information in this section.

For further information on The Young Carers Project or to discuss a referral please contact  - TheYoungCarersProject@hullcc.gov.uk

Hull Young Carers Project Support Brochure March 2021.pdf

Last updated: 11/17/2021