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Could they be a young carer? Identifying and supporting young carers

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Learn how to identify, support and understand the rights of young carers in Scotland. Suitable for all professions in a variety of settings.

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‘When dealing with adults, children are often invisible, when they should be the priority’ (Barnardo’s young carer practitioner)

Edinburgh Young Carers is one of the most well established and largest organisations in Scotland dedicated to working with and supporting young carers. We are committed to improving the lives of young carers throughout Edinburgh.

We work with young people aged 5 to 25 years old who care for or are affected by someone else at home - usually a parent or sibling. Every young carer is an individual and we support those with a wide variety of experiences and difficulties. Young carers can care for a family member, sibling, partner or family friend who suffers from a disability, long-term health condition, mental health difficulties or those with a dependency on drugs/ alcohol. Young carers are often forgotten by so many professionals and services: 'Around 40% of carers have high levels of anxiety or depression, with young carers known to have a higher than average prevalence of self-harm' BJGP 2017

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What is a young carer?

How many young carers are there?

Case studies of young carers

Impacts of caring

How to identify young carers

How we raise awareness in schools

Young carers strategy

How to prepare young carers for another lockdown

How to support young carers with the transition back to education

Supporting young carers in school

Support services for young carers

There will be an opportunity for questions throughout and we would like to make this training personalised to your professional setting. We welcome participants from other charities, healthcare, drug and alcohol services, supported housing, youth services and mental health charities.


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