This literature review examines the ways in which young carers come to the attention of voluntary and statutory agencies, and factors inhibiting identification. It identifies the ways in which young carers’ needs are assessed and it examines approaches to service provision by both statutory and voluntary agencies. The review also identifies approaches that are successful in meeting the social, educational and health needs of young carers.
The primary element of the research was a literature review, focusing on published work. This was supplemented by a questionnaire; survey of local authorities, health services and relevant voluntary agencies in Scotland and an analysis of documents provided by those agencies.