SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    Young Carers Project

    Last updated 06/02/2019

    As part of the Early Help Strategy, Sefton MBC Young Carers Programme is in place to provide support and address the impact on the children and young people who have extra responsibilities for caring for a family member. The service liaises and referrers to adult services where appropriate to ensure the Young Carers voice is heard and caring responsibilities are reduced where possible. The focus of the service is on enabling Young Carers to access the ongoing support from a specific group of peers and build upon their confidence and self-esteem to enable them to access mainstream services, activities and resources.

    Objectives:

    • The reduction of caring responsibilities
    • Improved attendance in education and employment reduction of NEET (not in education or training)
    • Improved levels of satisfaction – “the feel better factor “
    • The number of Young Carers leaving the service as it is no longer needed.

    The programme offers a range of practical support including:

    • Whole family Early Help assessment care planning and Lead Practitioner role
    • 1 to 1 support and coaching
    • Information and advice
    • Peer Support groups and individual support
    • Supervised breaks from the responsibility of caring
    • Advocacy on behalf of the Young Carer
    • Training and volunteering opportunities
    • Awareness raising sessions to children, young people and professionals
    • Sign-posting to other support networks/services
    • School/education liaison with an identified designated person
    • Transitional support for those moving on to become adult carers in conjunction with Sefton Carers Centre.
    • Social Activities
    • Residential programmes

    Children and young people can self-refer to the programme. A Team around the Family or Core Group can request that the Young Carers Programme join them and participate in the delivery of the plan – see referral process.

    For more information on Sefton’s Young Carers Service and assessment tools refer to http://www.sefton-carers.org.uk/