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Young carer

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Definition or reference in secondary legislation
The Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014, reg 4(3)

(3) If it appears to a local authority carrying out an assessment that a child is involved in providing care to any individual, the local authority must--
(a) consider the impact of the needs of the individual concerned on the child's well-being, welfare, education and development; and
(b) identify whether any of the tasks which the child is performing for the individual are inappropriate for the child to perform having regard to all the circumstances.

Definition or reference in Statutory Guidance
Care and Support Statutory Guidance, paras 6.69-6.73

6.69 When carrying out an adult's or carer's assessment, if it appears that a child is involved in providing care the local authority must consider:
- the impact of the person's needs on the young carer's wellbeing, welfare, education and development
- whether any of the caring responsibilities the young carer is undertaking are inappropriate

6.70 An assessment should take into account the parenting responsibilities of the person as well as the impact of the adult's needs for care and support on the young carer.

6.71 Local authorities must also consider whether any of the caring tasks the child is undertaking are inappropriate. They should consider how supporting the adult with needs for care and support can prevent the young carer from undertaking excessive or inappropriate care and support responsibilities. A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing or their prospects in education and life. This might include:
- preventing the young carer from accessing education, for example because the adult's needs for care and support result in the young carer's regular absence from school or impacts upon their learning
- preventing the young carer from building relationships and friendships
- impacting upon any other aspect of the young carer's wellbeing

6.72 Inappropriate caring responsibilities should be considered as anything which is likely to have an impact on the child's health, wellbeing or education, or which can be considered unsuitable in light of the child's circumstances and may include:
- personal care such as bathing and toileting
- carrying out strenuous physical tasks such as lifting
- administering medication
- maintaining the family budget
- emotional support to the adult

6.73 When a local authority is determining whether the tasks a child carries out are inappropriate, it should also take into account the child's own view wherever appropriate.

Plain English definition
Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) Jargon Buster

A young person aged 18 or under who looks after, or helps look after, a family member or friend who has an illness, disability or drug or alcohol problem. They may be responsible for cooking, cleaning, shopping, personal care or emotional support.

Project team

How do local authorities identify young carers?
Are young carers guaranteed a carer assessment, despite not fitting the statutory definition of Carer?
Are young carers' needs the responsibility of ASC or CSC?

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