Government guidance for young carers, young adult carers and professionals

What to do in the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak if you are under 25 and caring or looking after someone

The Department of Health and Social care have been working with a number of other Government departments and organisations including The Children’s Society to write some guidelines for young carers, young adult carers and those professionals who may come into contact with young people with a caring role. The guidance has been put in place to help young carers, young adult carers who are caring or looking after someone.

The guidance aims to help young carers to understand COVID-19. .Itincludes support and can signpost them to relevant information, support and advice. It also looks at practical ways young carers  can look after their own well-being.             

The guidance is also helpful for those who provide services to support young carers or young adult carers such as those who work in education, young carer support workers, charities, and local councils.

The guidance covers six main areas including:

  • Understanding Coronavirus: what you need to know to stop coronavirus spreading
  • Practical advice and support: what you can do to prepare, who to talk to and what to do if you think someone you know has coronavirus
  • Managing money & benefits, food & medication: what you need to know
  • School and education: studying at home, resources to help, contact with school
  • Young adult carers: how to continue to support your family when you are not living at home
  • Staying well & keeping safe: looking after your feelings and your body and staying safe on the internet

You can find the guidance in full here 

There is an easy to read version available here