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Engaging

Engaging a young carer or a young adult carer can look different every time because each carer is unique and the caring situation will be different in each case. 

There's no one size fits all. However, they all need us to be aware of their needs and work together to improve their lives.

Some young carers need mentoring and listening to, some need to be connected to services, some need intervention, some need practical support and some just need to know they're not alone and someone's there for them. 

How schools engage

Schools are well situated to observe, support, act and work in partnership to positively impact upon young carers' lives. We spent time in Llanfyllin High School talking to them about how they engage the young carers in their school.

Giving advice 

Sometimes the best advice and support comes from people who have experienced similar situations. Peer support and mentoring are an important and why so many young carer groups are so successful.

Young carers groups

For many young carers the support and friendships provided by young carer groups is essential and makes a significant positive impact on their lives.

Young carers need to know about their local group and there aren't any barriers to them accessing the group due to transport, finances or something else.

Transitions

Facing transitions like leaving high school, going to college or university, or getting a job, can be especially difficult for young carers and young adult carers.

They may have a range of emotions and conflicting feelings because it may mean either leaving the person they have been caring for. It's important there's a planned step-by-step process that makes them feel confident that any necessary new support and care is in place. The transition plan should be in place as early as possible and they should be involved at every stage.

Young carers and bullying

Many young carers face being bullied. There are a number of things that can be done to combat this.

  • Take what they tell you seriously and address the issues.
  • Make sure the children and young people you work with understand that bullying isn't tolerated.
  • Discuss bullying: what it is, how it makes them feel, and what can be done about it.

Identification (ID) cards

The Welsh Government has said that they will explore the benefits of ID card schemes and how they can best work in practice. There many reasons that ID cards would be a positive step forward. ID cards with possible incentives like reduced price activities or transport might help young carers to self-identify.

Mental wellness

Many young carers experience mental health problems such as depression, self-harm and drug and alcohol misuse. The video Mind apples was produced to be a helpful discussion starter and resource to help with treatment.

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