Young Carers' Community of Interest May 2015

Carers Week 2015: 8 – 14th June

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.
This year we're focusing on building Carer Friendly Communities. Communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

To find out more, please click here.

'Our Voice' Young Carers Report

VoiCeS are delighted to share with you the latest of our reports summarising what young carers in Northumberland have to say about their experiences, priorities and feelings about what it is like to be a young carer in 2015.

This report Our Voice identifies some key messages including:

  • The importance of community awareness raising around young carer and young carer issues.
  • The increasing role of online resources and the importance of E safety for young carers
  • The vital lifeline that meeting other young carers and receiving face to face support offers young people.
  • Young carers are asking for further information about the health condition of the person they care for, opportunities to take a break, help that is available for their family and information about their own mental health.
  • A need to better promote existing provision for young carers in Northumberland.
  • Young people say they would appreciate a young carers app to provide information and sign post young people to support available in the county.

Please click here to read the report.  If you would like to know more, please get in touch with Caroline Friend at

Noticeboards in Schools
As part of Voices Northumberland’s exploration of possible awareness raising activities with young people and practitioners around the identification and support of young carers.  We have updated young carers notice boards in 6 Middle and High Schools in Northumberland.  This work has been welcomed by each of the schools we approached one school said “We would love any new updated materials, we are hoping to have an area dedicated to Young Carers so that would be brilliant.”

If you would be interested in receiving up-dated posters and information for your setting, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at VoiCeS.  

Young Carers in Schools Programme Launches Across England            
Following a successful pilot phase, the Young Carers in Schools programme has been launched across England.
Led by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society's Young Carers in Focus partnership, this programme has been developed with teachers and school staff to make it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and rewards good practice.
To get involved, please click here.

YCiS Programme News 

1) Showcase your school by becoming a Young Carers in Schools Trailblazer


YCiS are looking for primary schools at any stage of the journey involved in developing young carer provision to become Young Carers in Schools trailblazers.

If you are, or know a primary schools, which is looking to develop their young carers’ provision, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to identify and showcase the outcomes you are achieving for this vulnerable pupil group.  Read more.

2) Celebrating the Achievements of Pilot Schools


YCiS are delighted to announce that 15 schools across the country, who have been participating in the Young Carers in Schools pilot have achieved the Young Carers in Schools Award. Read more.



3) Useful Links
Young Carers in Focus Partners
Young Carers in Schools Website
Professionals Website
The Children's Society Include Programme
Young Carers in Focus Partners


4) Additional YCiS Resources

Are you a young carers' service looking to promote Young Carers in Schools to schools in your area?

YCiS have pulled together a range of template letters that young carers' services may wish to use to promote Young Carers in Schools in their local area. These letters can be adapted to reflect each individual service.  

Template letter for young carers services who have not yet engaged with schools and have capacity to offer services in school

Template letter for young carers services who have not yet engaged with schools and have limited/no capacity to offer services in schools

Template letter for young carers services who have engaged with schools before.

You may also wish to enclose this leaflet about the programme and add our logo to your letter heading.

5) Feedback...

“Being involved in the early implementation of the Young Carers in Schools Award has helped to shape our schools work this year. It has provided a great opportunity to build relationships and increase engagement with schools across the borough. It has also been of huge benefit to our young carers, who are now finding school a more supportive environment.”

Kat Law, Schools’ Link Worker, Kingston Carers’ Network
Please take the time to let Emily Carter, Schools Policy and Development Manager, know if you download and/or use any of the resources and if you have any successes in your engagement with schools. The feedback will be invaluable in steering any future resources we provide.

Your Invitation to the Young Carers Creative Exploration Celebration


Early Help Hubs

Northumberland now has two early help hubs:

  • South east covering Blyth, Cramlington and Seaton Valley
  • Central covering Ashington, Morpeth, Bedlington, Choppington and Guide Post


The hubs have been set up to ensure that all referrals come in to a central point and can be discussed at a multi-agency meeting to ensure the families receive the most appropriate support at the right time.


  • To reduce the confusion for professionals and parents as to who can help with a particular issue or concern.
  • To reduce the number of separate panel meetings that are held on a monthly basis. 
  • To ensure a more seamless service for families in the community.
  • To ensure the correct supports are in place and will support families in a timely way.

How Does it Work?

If you become aware of a child or young person with caring responsibilities where it is thought that they might need extra help you should refer then to the hub on an Early Help referral form

The only exception to this is immediate safeguarding concerns, which need to be referred following Local Safeguarding Procedures to the local social work team.

All referrals will be checked by the Early Help Coordinator then shared with the virtual team on a weekly basis. 

Any referrals needing an immediate response form a service would be contacted by the most appropriate service.  All other referrals would be discussed at the multi-agency locality hub which will meet fortnightly.

Then the next step will be for the appropriate agency to undertake the work that is being requested by the referrer and offer the support that is needed to the children, young people and family.

For more information contact Vannessa Easton Early Help Co-ordinator on 07717 816712 or

And You……..?

We would like to hear from you about your news, activities, events and your work with young carers in Northumberland.

Please send your items to Caroline Friend by Friday 4th September for Septembers issue of Young Carers' Community of Interest e-update.  Thank you.


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