Young carers have a parent, sibling, grandparent, aunt, uncle or other relative with an illness, disability, mental health illness or substance misuse problem.
A young carer may come to your notice through one or more of the following
Young carers may appear to be coping well, but is always good to take time to talk to them to find out how they really are.
if you work with an adult with a disability, illness, mental health illness or substance misuse problem ask if they have children
Many young carers can be reluctant to identify themselves as a young carer as they are worried about what might happen if they let others know about their home situation. Parents may be fearful they will be considered to be "bad parents" when their child's caring role is identified. To ensure young carers and those they care for receive the help and support they need it is important ot be sensitive to the concerns of young carers and their families when talking to them about their home life.
East Lothian Young Carers supports young carers and their families working with our colleagues in Children's Services, Education, Health and voluntary sector to provide a service which places the young carer at the centre of a whole family approach to support. To refer a young carer to our service please complete our referral form.