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Carers' rights and creating change

It is important to know that you have rights as a young person and a young carer. 

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Know your rights

Our Know your Rights guide contains information about your human rights, legal rights, and rights to access benefits, support and advice.

The pack also contains information about the different professionals you or your family might be in contact with. Here are some other useful sites :

  • Law Stuff: website that provides a information for you about your legal rights.
  • The Mix: a free, confidential telephone and email helpline finding you the best help whatever the problem.
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Creating social change 

Over many years, young carers told us they needed better support for their whole family. We worked with them to get their voices heard and influence important changes to the law.

Our 'Influencing Change Toolkit' supports you and your groups to create local change:

Shaping our future

Thinking about your future and making important decisions can be difficult to navigate as a young person. For those who have caring responsibilities it can bring added stress and worry, as well as less access to services and opportunities.
This guide aims to help you understand what your rights and entitlements are as a young carer, and some of the issues you may face as you are thinking about your future. It will help you to think about how you feel about becoming a young adult carer, the help and support that you may need and what should be available for you. This guide also includes helpful links to other websites, resources, booklets and other advice that you may find useful.

Download the Shaping our future report

Influencing change toolkit

Influencing change

The toolkit will also help you develop confidence and skills too. Whether you want schools to have a better understanding of young carers and their needs, or advice about taking care of your own well-being. You should feel empowered to make change happen.