Shaping our Future: Improving assessments and support for young adult carers to make positive transitions

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The Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 outlined duties for young carers including support in transition to their adult life. These duties were welcome and necessary, and gave progress to recognising the need to improve young carers’ transition to adulthood and outcomes for young adult carers.

'After having what I now know to be a transition assessment my family had a care needs assessment.

'This meant support was put in place to help me and my family so I can go to university.' (Young adult carer)

However, young carers still face barriers to accessing support and there is still a long way to go before the needs of young carers are met in their transition to adulthood.

Following the launch of the Carers Action Plan, we were commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care to identify and disseminate effective practices to support, to enable Young Adult Carers to make positive transitions between the ages of 16 and 24.

The programme included:

  • An outline of current practice regarding young carers’ transition to adulthood across nine regions of England.
  • Producing tools and resources for both young people and professionals based on any gaps in provision and services.
  • Ensuring key professionals are aware of their duties, roles and responsibilities in ensuring transitional support is provided.

The Shaping our Future: Improving Assessment and Support for Young Carers Transition to Adulthood report presents the findings from the programme delivered by The Children’s Society. This was informed by both young adult carers and multi-agency professionals which contribute to the learning and recommendations throughout this report. 

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Shaping our future

Thank you for downloading the Shaping our Future: Improving Assessment and Support for Young Carers Transition to Adulthood  report. We will have a pathway planning tool and further resources coming soon. We are keen to find out if and how support for young adult carers has changed.

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