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Who is a Young Carer?

Young carers are children and young people aged between 5 – 25 years old whose lives are in some way different or restricted because they provide, or intend to provide, practical or emotional support to someone else.  The person they provide care for is often a parent, brother or sister but could be another relative or friend.

Why should you register?

The Local Authority is required by law to identify and support young carers who live in their area. By registering with us we will be able to see how many young carers we have in Suffolk, and what their needs are. This will help us to make decisions about how best to support young carers and their families.

Once you are registered with “Young Carers Unlimited” we will send you our quarterly e-bulletin which will have  useful information about young carer issues, and details about activities you can participate in, and opportunities to meet other young carers and share experiences.

Who can complete the registration? 

Young carers aged between 5 – 25 years old can register with us. If you are under the age of 16 then you will need to do this with your parent’s permission. Your parent will be asked to give their consent for you to share your information with us.

Professionals may also complete the registration on behalf of the young carer with their permission, but again, if they are under the age of 16 we will also need to have the parent’s consent.

How to register – what does the basic registration mean?

We would like to hear about what young carers do and who they are helping to look after. This is why we have developed this Young Carer Registration form so that you can tell us about your caring role.

You have the option to give us more information, if you wish about what affect your caring role has on your daily life. Once you have completed the initial registration form you will be asked if you would like to tell us more information about yourself, so that we can make sure you are getting the help you may need. This is called the Self-Assessment.

What is the self-assessment?

The self –assessment is your opportunity to ask for further advice and support to help you in your caring role. You will be asked a series of short questions about what you do and how you feel about your caring role. This will give us an idea about your needs as a young carer and how best we can support you.

What will happen next?

Once you have completed the registration and the self –assessment, if you have chosen to do so, we will email you an acknowledgment to tell you that you are now registered with “Young Carers Unlimited” and that we will keep in touch with you by email to let you know about activities for young carers and other useful news stories. We will also send you a Max Card, a discount card for Young Carers and their families - find out more information on the Max Card.

Consent & Sharing Information

Young carers aged between 5 – 25 years old can sign up and go on to complete the self–assessment. Young people under the age of 16 will need to obtain their parent’s consent to share information with us.

Professionals may also complete the registration on behalf of the young carer with their permission, but if they are under the age of 16 the parent must give consent.

By signing the terms and conditions you are agreeing to your basic information being shared with other professionals within Suffolk County Council who work with children and families. This may also mean talking to other organisations who provide support to Young Carers and their families. This would usually be Suffolk Young Carers who are our key partners in supporting young carers. Information will only be shared on a need to know basis, and all the information we hold is stored securely. We have a duty to share information with other professionals in Children & Young People’s Services if a young person is considered to be at risk of harm.

Terms and Conditions

The information you provide in the registration/self- assessment is held on a secure Suffolk County Council database and we will use this to enable us to identify the number of young carers who are living in Suffolk. It will also help identify how best we can support young carers and for us to plan short breaks and other activities. To enable us to do this we need your consent to share your information where appropriate with other professionals and Providers, such as Suffolk Young Carers. If you have any questions about this please contact the Young Carers Service at

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If there are any safeguarding concerns or the young person or cared for family member is considered to be at risk and urgently needs support, please immediately contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005.

If there are any safeguarding concerns or the young person or cared for family member is considered to be at risk and urgently needs support, please immediately contact Customer First on 0808 800 4005.If you are providing care to and adult or child in your family and you are 16-24 years old you maybe a Young Adult Carer.
Young Adult Carers undertake more tasks in a family household than would usually be expected by a young person of their age.  Tasks might include managing household bills; carrying out the weekly shop; providing emotional support; administering medication; helping someone with personal care including washing an dressing or managing the disruptive behaviour of an adult or child in the family.
You may provide care for a parent or other adult in the family or may help with your brother or sister (sibling).  Some Young Adult Carers care for more than one person in their family; for example you may provide care to a sibling with a disability and also a parent with a mental health issue.
Providing care can become very difficult and can impact on your own time when you would rather be going out with friends; playing sport or studying.  It can mean that making friends and maintaining relationships can be difficult as you have responsibilities that demand on your time and emotional resources.
If you are concerned about the amount of care you provide or the impact on other areas of your life you need to express your concerns to an adult that you feel comfortable talking to about your situation.  This could be a parent or other relative or friend; a teacher or a professional that is supporting the person you care for.
You need to be honest about how you feel and what sort of advice and support you and your family need to help things change.
If you would like more information on the support available’ you may find it useful to take a look at some different websites that provide helpful advice for Young Adult Carers.
Carers Direct (NHS Choices)
Suffolk family Carers