Identification of Young Carers

On this page, you will find the learning arising from the Making a step change for young carers and their families: Putting it into practice project related to the theme of Identification of Young Carers including key messages, tools and resources.

Key Briefing

New legislation introduced in April 2015 (the Children and Families Act 2014, Section 96) requires local authorities to “take reasonable steps to identity the extent to which there are young carers within their area who have needs for support” and the Statutory Guidance recommends doing so using a whole family approach.

No wrong doors: working together to support young carers and their families is a resource to promote working together between Adult’s and Children’s social care services and enhanced partnership working with health and third sector partnerships.

Read our briefing on Identification and Assessment Pathways.

Webinars & Videos

Webinar: Referral Pathways – from identification through assessment to support
Exploring the development of clear and effective referral pathways for the identification, assessment and support of young carers and their families.
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Video: Young carers within ‘hard to reach’ families

Tracey Hamilton from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton-on-Tees explains how a partnership with the adult treatment agency helped increase the identification and support of young carers within families affected by substance misuse.

Video: Joint working with domiciliary care services to support young carers

Tracey Hamilton from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton-on-Tees speaks about working with domiciliary care services to promote early identification of young carers within families.

National Resources

The YCRG screening tool (YC-QST-20)

The questions in the Screening Tool have been cognitively tested in the DfE national study of young carers (with young carers themselves) and in YCRG research over many years. The tool and explanatory model are also currently being used in other countries (Japan, US) to help both researchers and practitioners identify young carers and their needs.