National Policy Context
Last updated 06/02/2019
National Policy Context
The Care Act 2014
This strengthens the rights and recognition of carers in the social care system. For the first time, Young Carers have new rights under this act.
Children’s Act 2014
Once a Young Carer is identified we must consider their support needs, through a Young Carers Assessment. The local authority must also carry out such an assessment if a young carer, or the parent of a young carer, requests one. Such an assessment must consider whether it is appropriate or excessive for the young carer to provide care for the person in question, in light of the young carer’s needs and wishes.
The local authority need not carry out a young carer’s assessment or a parent carer’s assessment if the local authority has previously carried out a care-related assessment of the young carer/parent carer in relation to the same person cared for, unless it appears to the authority that the needs or circumstances of the young carer/parent carer or the person they care for have changed since their last Child & Family Assessment or adults assessment.
The Young Carers’ (Needs Assessment) Regulations 2015
In assessing the needs of the Young Carers the needs of the whole family must be considered. Young carer’s assessments can be combined with assessments of adults in the household, with the agreement of the young carer and adults concerned.
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
In addition to the above, multi-agency training is important in supporting the collective understanding of local need. Practitioners working in both universal services and specialist services have a responsibility to identify the symptoms and triggers of abuse and neglect, to share that information and provide children with the help they need. To be effective, practitioners need to continue to develop their knowledge and skills in this area and be aware of the new and emerging threats, including online abuse, grooming, sexual exploitation and radicalisation. To enable this, multi-agency safeguarding arrangements led by the three key safeguarding partners should consider what training is needed locally and how they will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of any training they commission.
Practitioners should, in particular, be alert to the potential need for early help for a child who is a young carer.
- Programmes for learning and development should reflect the identification, assessment and impact of Young Carers.
- Feedback from Young Carers and their families should also be used to inform learning and development programmes.
Other areas of key consideration in relation to the safeguarding and wellbeing of young carers include:
- Practitioners should, in particular be alert to the potential need for early help for a child who is a Young Carer
- Embedding a “whole family approach”: linking with adult services to ensure parents are accessing the relevant support available
- Exploring the role of schools, colleges and sixth forms in identifying and assisting Young Carers: providing training so that teachers can better support students with caring responsibilities
- Improving educational and employment opportunities for Young Carers: working with partners to create opportunities and exploring possible financial support
- Improving training of frontline practitioners to ensure better service deliver, maximise all Young Carers wellbeing and prepare them for adulthood
- If there is a concern relating to a young carer being at risk of significant harm the referral process to Children’s Social Care should be followed: