young carers

Carers and young carers: statement of intent

Scottish Government's statement of intent as regards carers and young carers.

Caring together and getting it right for young carers: the carers and young carers strategy for Scotland 2012-2015

Report that summarises the action in hand to support carers and young carers. It addresses many of the issues raised by carers and young carers at the first Carers Parliament. It also takes on board some of the concerns raised. Better outcomes are being achieved for some carers and young carers. 

Signposts: see me, hear me, talk to me - talk to my family as well

Short paper that aims to share evidence based practice, promote local discussion and encourage improved outcomes. It does not seek to amend or replace existing statutory guidance that may be in place.

It offers some signposts to effective practice, local conversations and partnership working with a focus on improved outcomes for young carers and their families. These can be shared and taken forward locally in line with local needs and circumstances.

Rachel – Young Carer

Rachel is a young carer who cares for her mother who has bi-polar disorder. She has cared for her Mum since she was 10 and describes how this affected her life when she was younger.
Now, Rachel is at University but still caring for her mum, but through support from the Dundee Project she has developed confidence and is now much more capable of coping with her caring role and still achieving all of her own goals.

Supporting young carers

This survey explored how effectively young carers were identified by councils and their partners. It also examined the assessment and delivery of services for young carers and their families. The survey used evidence from visits to council areas, focus groups with young carers and meetings with those who provide young carer support services.

How do I get help?

Factsheet providing information and advice on sources of help available to all those caring for family members or friends in Scotland. Topics covered include carers' assessments, emotional support, financial matters and making a complaint.

Experiences of children and young people caring for a parent with a mental health problem (Research briefing 24)

Research briefing paper looking at the experiences of children and young people under 18 years caring for a parent or parents with mental health problems defined as 'serious' or 'severe' and 'enduring'.

At What Cost To Young Carers? An economic assessment of the value of young carers’ interventions for young carers

Government and Local Authorities are increasingly recognising that young carers and their families are a vulnerable group, for whom delivering the outcomes of Every Child Matters requires a planned and coordinated approach.

Parental mental health : messages from research, policy and practice

This review focuses on one particular aspect of parenting and family life. It is about children living in families where a parent has mental health problems. The aim of this review is to identify – from a range of publications – sources and messages that might help practitioners and managers improve their understanding of the circumstances of children and families living with parental mental health problems, and find responses that have the potential for achieving positive change.

Carers' health: working for a positive future - a one-day conference, the Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh, Monday 6th October 2004

Report of the proceedings of a one-day conference which aimed to debate and discuss some of the key issues relating to the health of carers such as the levels of investment from central and local government, available training and the attitudes of health professionals.