For Professionals - Who We Support

We support Young Carers aged 6 -  18 years, who reside in St Helens, who help to care for a family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addition cannot cope without their support. In St Helens there is anticipated to be over 2,500 young carers under the age of 18 year of age.

The Young Carer Centre is part of the St Helens Carers Centre, an independent charity for Carers in St Helens.

Young Carer support is for Young Carers struggling due to their caring responsibilities and need extra support.  We give information and signposting, offer fun activities and chances to meet other Young Carers.

Professionals play a vital role in recognising and supporting Young Carers. No matter what your profession, if you come into contact with Young Carers and their families you could help to support them or if they need specialist support you can pass on information about St Helens Young Carers Centre and ensure that families are getting the appropriate support they need. More information can be found in our 'Recognising Young Carers Guide” at the top of this page.

The impact of caring on a young person's life
  • Educationally – irregular attendance, poor timekeeping/punctuality, lack of concentration, difficulties in completing homework
  • Restricted training and employment choices – lack of time for personal development, poor flexibility in work practices
  • Emotionally – stress, worry, tiredness, depression, insecurity, anxiety
  • Social isolation – lack of access to/time for social activities, bullying and isolation from peers.
  • Physically – injuries, strain

The issues above, and their combined impact on Young Carers often result in Young Carers being socially excluded. This may then lead to low educational and career aspirations, unemployment or low paid employment, relationship difficulties, isolation, mental health problems, substance misuse and criminal behaviour.

How to make a referral

To receive support from the Young Carers service, young people need to be registered with us.

We have a referral process to help us to understand a family's circumstances and make sure we are the right organisation to offer support.

We take referrals from Young Carers, family members or professionals. Please have a look at our guidance notes on our referral page and feel free to contact us if you are unsure whether or not a referral is appropriate.

You can make a secure online referral on our referral page by pressing the link at the top or bottom of this page

Once we receive the form we will contact the family and arrange a home visit. At the visit we will complete an assessment of the caring role.  

We will also explain all about the service, what we do and how everything works.

It is really important that you talk to the Young Carer and their family before making a referral. Some people are nervous about accepting support but we are always happy to discuss any apprehensions over the phone or at a home visit.

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