Young carers

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who is caring for a parent, sibling or other family member who may have a long term illness or disability, mental health problems, learning disability or have become frail with old age.

Understandably, carrying out caring responsibilities can result in you becoming physically or emotionally tired. This can have a knock-on effect on your school or college work, your relationships with friends or your ability to engage in hobbies and leisure activities.

You can feel isolated from other children and find it difficult to balance your own needs and those of the person you care for.

If you are a young carer then there is help, advice and information available to you.

Barnardo's Indigo Service

The service provides support to young carers and their families in Redbridge. This includes:

  • Finding support that families are entitled to from local services so that the child’s caring responsibilities can be reduced
  • Supporting young carers to use local services such as sports clubs, support groups and health centres
  • Advice and emotional support through counselling and drop-in sessions
  • Liaising with schools so that teachers can better support the child
  • Giving young carers a break, time with other young carers and a chance to share experiences

Visit Barnardo website or contact 020 8554 2888

'No Wrong Doors'

Young carers in Redbridge have said that there should be “no wrong doors” for young carers and their families. Young carers should be identified, assessed and their families supported regardless of which Council service is contacted in the first place.

Redbridge Children and Adult Social Services have therefore committed through a memorandum to work together locally, adopting a whole system, whole council, whole family approach to providing support for young carers and their families.

Read ‘No wrong doors’ memorandum of understanding

Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Carers assessment, A break from caring, Employment and learning, Emotional support, Financial support, Planning for an emergency, Living with a disability

External website: BarnardosYoung Carers NetCarers Direct (NHS Choices)Childline