Some children and young people (under the age of 18) help to look after a parent, brother, sister or grandparent with shopping, cooking, cleaning and sometimes personal care like getting dressed. This may be because their relative has an illness, a disability, a mental health condition or a drug or alcohol problem.
All Young Carers are entitled to a Young Carer’s Statement which will contain a variety of information about the young people, their caring role and personal outcomes.
Children and young people will get support in school to help them and for some, where their caring role has an impact on their health and wellbeing, they can be referred to the Carers Centre. Stirling Carers Centre provides information, advice and support.
The Carers Scotland Act extends and enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring. The Scottish Government have created a Carer’s Charter.
Young Carers Grant
The Young Carer Grant is a new yearly cash payment of £300 for 16-18-year-olds which carers can spend as they choose. Young carers can claim if they are at school, in further education, employed or unemployed and may be eligible if they fit the criteria.