Young Carers

Cornwall's Multi Agency Strategy for Young Carers 

Cornwall's Multi Agency Strategy for Young Carers 2014-16 is currently under review and a new strategy is being developed.

Young carers can be found in all communities and often find themselves excluded from personal and social opportunities, including their education. This can impact on their development, ambitions and potential to achieve.

Children and young people who are carers have the same rights and access to the same opportunities as all children and young people. They should be able to learn, achieve, develop friendships and enjoy positive, healthy childhoods just like other children.

Young carers tell us that they value their caring roles and are proud of the contribution they are able to make in their families. All too often, however, children and young people become carers because someone in their family has significant unmet care needs arising from ill health, disability, mental health needs or substance misuse.

In some cases young carers have assumed a level of responsibility that no child should be expected to take on. This can have serious knock-on effects on schooling and other key areas of their lives. Caring should not have an negative effect on children’s well-being and outcomes.

The strategy was informed by a range of good practice examples in Cornwall and other local authorities. We also used a wealth of guidance and good practice provided by national charities, in particular the Children’s Society. It is also underpinned by Cornwall’s Early Help and Raising Aspiration and Achievement Strategies.

The Cornwall Young Carers’ Strategy 2014-16 was challenging and set out how we planned to bring about improvements in the way services work together to identify young carers and improve their outcomes.  Through our partnerships many of the priorities for change have been achieved, and in some areas exceeded.

The reviewed strategy will be building on these achievements and the continuous feedback from young carers and their parents as to what works for them.

There is a fundraising group across the Council who have have raised over £15,000 for young carers in Cornwall to support young carers educational attainment. 

All of the money raised goes directly to the young carers. A group of young carers manage the money, they receive applications for funding from young carers and the group decides what and how much they will fund.

If you would like to get involved in the Young Carers strategy development or provide feedback from your experiences please email csfcommissioning@cornwall.gov.uk.

For further information on young carers please visit the Kernow Young Carers website or view the short film below.