Risks facing young carers
Young carers are often under a lot more pressure than other children in their age group. Health professionals are ideally positioned to identify if a child or young person is providing care for the patient under their care. They can then prevent them from suffering long term and persistent issues.
Some of the risks facing young carers include:
- Becoming ill or suffering an injury when lifting or dressing someone
- Developing emotional problems
- Developing symptoms of an eating disorder
For health professionals
NHS England and its partners have developed a toolkit to help health and social care organisations work together in identifying, assessing and supporting the well-being of carers and their families.
Our GP and Health Professionals Pack contains a guide for supporting, identifying and signposting young carers, posters for the waiting room and staffroom, and a booklet for young carers.
Other useful resources:
For school nurses
School Nurses play an important role in identifying and working with young carers in school. Here are a list of trainings and resources to help school nurses do this effectively:
School Nurse Pathway — designed to guide school nurses to the right support for young carers
School Nurse Website - explanation of who young carers are and what school nurses can do to support them.
Queens Nursing Institute carers Resource Project — The QNI has developed three free online resources to support nurses who work with carers. One specifically developed for Nurses working in General Practice, one specifically for School Nurses and one for Community Nurses to enable effective identification.
Supporting Carers in General Practice — a module created to provide information and guidance for healthcare professionals to enable them to build carer involvement and support into their everyday practice.