What rights do young people have?

Some people start caring at a young age and don't realise they are carers. Other people become carers overnight. It's natural to want to help someone in your family who needs support, but young carers shouldn't do the same things as an adult carer. If you spend a lot of time caring for someone else it can start to affect how well you do at school, your own emotional wellbeing can be impacted, and it can stop you from doing the same things as other people your age.

There is helpful information on the NHS Choices website about who can help young carers, and what your rights are. Some important things to know are:

  • A social worker must visit to carry out a young carers needs assessment to identify what kind of help you and your family might need
  • This assessment is about providing help and support to you and your family. It is not about judging you or the person you are caring for
  • If you have had one of these assessments but feel that your needs or circumstances have changed you are entitled to another one
  • During your assessment you must be involved. The social worker has a responsibility to ask about your wishes, your parents wishes - and anyone else you would like to be involved
  • You should receive a written record of the assessment