Supporting the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young Carers
800,000 young carers aged 5-17 care for an adult or family member in the UK (Children’s Society, 2023). The 2011 Census found that there were nearly 10 000 young carers aged 5–7 in England and Wales, which is an 83% increase since 2001 (UK Census, 2011).
Young carers look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug and alcohol problem, providing physical help, taking on domestic responsibilities and providing emotional support. The anxiety caused by worrying about a relative or dealing with bereavement has a huge effect on young carers’ emotional wellbeing, with 38% having a mental health problem (Carers Trust, 2016). One in three young carers said that their caring role makes them feel stressed. Research also shows that 23% of young carers in the UK said that their caring role had stopped them making friends. (Action for Children, 2023) However, less than half of young carers (44%) feel they get enough help with their emotions and feelings (Carers Trust, 2019). In 2017, Barnado’s stated that, regarding carers aged under 8, ‘unfortunately there is very little support provision available for this age group.’
Thanks to generous funding from The Rayne Foundation and Investec we are working to improve the social and emotional wellbeing of young carers by training professionals at Young Carer Services to run our evidence-based Skills for Life programmes for 5-12 year olds.
We are delighted that staff from 10 Young Carers services across the UK have already completed training and we have some spaces remaining for new services to be involved.
We are able to offer a limited number of fully funded training sessions (online via Zoom) and programme resources to Young Carers Services who sign up before November 2024.
If you are a Young Carers Service who is interested in running our Skills for Life programmes, please contact email@example.com to find out more.
Quotes from Young Carers Services taking part in this project:
“Children have discussed and learnt how to acknowledge, name and deal with their emotions. They have formed new friendships and have become supportive of each other.”
“Excellent tool, helps the children to process events within their life and build resilience.”
“Brilliant programme and the visual support of the workbooks are fantastic for the children to see their progress.”
Information and Resources:
- Read more about the impact our programmes are having on children and young people
- Find out more about our work with Sutton Young Carers Service
- Watch our webinar - Supporting Young Carers’ Wellbeing & Resilience in School
- Coming soon – Young Carers Social and Emotional Wellbeing Activity Cards