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Young carers

If you're under 18 and care for a brother, sister, parent or other family member you’re entitled to a Young Carer’s Assessment.

How do I get an assessment?

You can make a referral for a young carer's assessment or email young.carers@essex.gov.uk.

If you have any questions, call or text 07920286370 and we’ll be able to help you.

What will happen during the assessment?

One of our youth advisors will meet you and your family at home to find out about you and what you do as a young carer. 

There will be a chance for you to say what’s going well and if you need support with anything at home or school. 

We’ll also have a chat with your family to find out more about them.

It usually takes about an hour and a half to complete the assessment and you’ll get a copy of the form afterwards.

What will happen after the assessment?

We’ll work on a plan that will you support with the things you mentioned in the assessment.

We may be able to recommend a local club or activity, or speak to your teacher about your role as a young carer.

We might be able to help you with your caring responsibilities at home.