Young carer and young adult carers in England have the right to information and to an assessment of the support they need from the council.
The Carers Trust have written a free guide which explains what those rights are. It also tells you what should happen when you talk to the council about being a young carer or young adult carer. Young carers and young adult carers gave us advice about what would make this a great resource for them and their peers.
It is written for all young carers and young adult carers, especially for those aged eight to twenty-five.
Where to find support
There are many organisations which offer specialist advice and support for young carers, below are links to some of these:
The Booklet for Young Carers has been developed for young carers by young carers and covers topics such as looking after yourself, growing up as a carer and dreaming about your future.
The Children's Society has lots of advice and resources for young carers on its website.
LawStuff gives free legal information to young people. LawStuff is run by Coram Children’s Legal Centre, which provides more detailed information both over the phone and online.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner has an advice and assistance line They can help with questions you have about your rights, welfare and safety. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Freephone: 0800 528 0731 open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (the phone number is free from a landline, but may cost from a mobile.)
NHS Choices has lots of information and advice on their website, including getting help from teachers, social workers and your doctor.
Youth Access is the national membership organisation for young people's information, advice and counselling services(YIACS). Visit their site to find local services for young people
You can talk to someone on Childline who may be able to give you advice and get you help. They won't tell anyone that you have called. It is FREE and especially designed for children: 0800 11 11. They also have lots of really useful resources on their website including the Childline App.
The Childline App "For Me". For Me was named and designed to blend in with other apps on your phone. That means that if anyone else sees your screen, they won't realise it's a Childline app. It's also totally secure. You can lock it with a pin number and keep all your information safe. You can swipe through the pages to get the advice you want, can have a 1-1 chat with a counsellor and join the on-line community which is a place for you to share your experiences, have fun and talk about anything you want.