Our new young carers service supports children and young people under 18 years of age who provide care for another person who may be physically or mentally ill, elderly, frail, disabled or who misuses alcohol or other substances. There are currently more than 1,000 young carers living in Sefton.
A young carer becomes vulnerable when their caring role risks impacting upon their emotional or physical wellbeing and their prospects in education and life.
The key principle underpinning this service is that, ‘children and young people should not undertake inappropriate or excessive caring roles that have a negative impact upon their development’.
This service will work closely with all of Sefton’s schools and other services to identify and support young carers and their families.
Aims of the Service
- Provide all of Sefton’s young carers with the best possible start in life
- Prevent young carers from undertaking inappropriate and or excessive caring roles
- Normalise childhood as far as is possible
- Raise educational attainment by improving school and college attendance
- Improve life chances and help young carers achieve their full potential
These pages are in the process of being updated - if you’re a young carer, a parent or a professional and would like more information please contact:
You can download a description of our young carers support service model here.