Centre 33 Young Carers Project Referral Guidance Notes
Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole. (Carers Trust)
Before making a single agency referral to Centre 33 Young Carers Project the following should be considered:
- The Young Carers Project is for groups, one to ones, and in school support for young carers. This support is for issues related to their caring responsibilities.
- Has an EHA (Early Help Assessment) been completed with the young person?
- Do you need to make a referral to other agencies? e.g. if the young person has been assessed as a Young Carer are the appropriate services already involved with the person they are caring for? (These may be adult services or primary care services).
- Are there any safeguarding issues?
We recognise that there is a high demand for support for young carers and therefore prioritise referrals based on the criteria below. This means at times young carers may be placed on a waiting list.
- Is the young carer caring for a lone parent who has a significant illness, disability, mental health or severe substance misuse?
- Does the young persons caring responsibilites impact significantly on their emotinal well-being , e.g. self-harming, risk taking behvaiour, low self-esteem.
- Does the young carer have a multiple caring role?
- Is the young carer not attending school due to their caring role?
- Is the young carer providing intimate care or managing medication on a regular basis?
Notes on completing Referral Form:
The more information you can provide at time of referral the better as it will enable us to prioritise and manage the support we are able to provide:
- A Referral Form should focus on ONE young person.
- It is important to clarify that the referral form cannot offer a guarantee that the service will be offered.
- Referrals should only be made to the Young Carers Project with the explicit consent of the young person. Referrals received without signed consent will be returned to referrer and could result in a delay in support.
Please reassure the young person at the point of referral that any information provided on this form will be recorded on Centre 33s secure database and will be confidential except in regards to safeguarding. The young person will have this explained fully to them on joining the service. You must initial to show you have done this.
If the young person is under 13 then parental consent should always be gained.
Centre 33 Young Carers Project Referral Form
You can also read our full privacy notice on our website www.centre33.org.uk/keeping-information-safe/