Our services Young carer service Young Carer Assessments Young carers have a right to be supported so that their caring role doesn’t affect their health, education, ability to spend time with friends, or opportunities as they become young adults. We carry out Young Carer Assessments on behalf of Gateshead Council. Our Assessment Worker meets with young carers to discuss how caring affects them, what they would like to change and the support that we can offer. We can arrange to meet at home, school or another convenient venue. What is an assessment? ‘Assessment’ means a discussion to find out information about you and the caring that you do. The information helps our assessor make decisions with you about whether your situation is OK and if more support would help you and the person that you care for. An assessment isn’t like an exam or about how good you are at supporting the person you care for. The focus is on whether the council is doing enough to support you so that you have the same chances as other people your age. There are three types of assessments. Which one you have will depend on how old you are; Young Carer Assessments are for carers under 18. Transition Assessments for young adult carers between the age of 17 and 18. Carer’s Assessments for all carers aged over 18. We provide Young Carer Assessments and Transition Assessments. To receive an assessment, young carers must first register with us. Click here if you're a young carer and would like to register with us Click here if you're a professional and would like to refer a young carer If you're a young carer and want to find out more, give us a call on the number below or click here to get in contact If you've already received an assessment but your circumstances have changed, get in touch and let us know. We might be able to provide additional support. About the Young carer’s assessment Young carers under 18 can get a Young Carer’s Assessment, regardless of whether you do lots of caring or not very much. At the assessment, our Young Carer Assessor will ask you some questions to help build a picture of how your caring role is part of your life. Afterwards you’ll be sent a copy of your assessment that will summarise what you talked about and the support that we can offer. All young carers receiving support from Carers Trust Tyne and Wear receive a Young Carer’s Assessment first so that we know what type of service to offer you. How do I get an assessment? It’s easy for you or your parent(s) to request an assessment – just click here to register with us. Your information will be sent securely to our team and the Young Carer Assessor will be in touch soon. You can also ask a teacher, social worker or another professional that supports you to get in touch with us on your behalf. They can fill out one of our referral forms here. Getting the assessment set up so it fits with what you want This is your assessment, so it’s okay to say how you want it to be. Finding the right time It's okay to tell us what the most convenient time for you and your family is. For example, if you go to college on a Thursday, or your dad’s medicine means he is often sleepy in the mornings, another day or afternoon would be better. We’ll try our best to fit with what works best for you. How long it will take? The time the assessment takes will vary. It’s OK if you need it to take place over more than one session, perhaps if you or the person you care for gets tired, if things are very complicated or if you have siblings who are having an assessment at the same time. Where it will happen? The Young Carer Assessor can meet you wherever is most convenient for you. This is usually at home but if you think somewhere else would be better then just let us know. Who else can be involved? You can ask for people to be at the assessment with you if you think this will help. There may be adults you can think of who know your situation well, like a teacher, a doctor, a family friend or someone else. You can ask for them to talk about what they know about you at the assessment to help build a picture of your caring role and your life. We usually carry out assessments in young carers’ homes so your parent(s) can support you but we're happy to meet somewhere else. If you want someone with you but don’t know an adult who could come along, then you can have an advocate. An advocate’s job is to stick up for what you want. They can also help you get ready for the assessment before it takes place. If you would like to have an advocate, you need to let the Young Carer Assessor know before your assessment. Things you can think about before the assessment The assessment is a time to talk about you, which can be difficult, so it is good to think about your assessment before it happens. Some of the things you might want to think about could be: All the different ways you provide care and support, for example: helping around the house helping with medicine getting food ready cheering someone up when they are sad, worried or hear voices getting someone to bed when they have had too much to drink or taken drugs supervising younger brothers and sisters Whether it is different on some days. Maybe things feel different on school or work days than they do at holidays or weekends. If you think it's okay for you to carry on as a carer or should it change a bit or change completely. It is OK to say that you would like to stop being a carer or stop parts of it. The impact on your education and planning for your studies in the future. The impact on your paid job if you work or on your plans to look for one. How being a carer affects your health and your feelings. Whether you feel you have someone to talk to. What your dream life would be in ten years’ time. How will your plans will be affected if your caring role stays the same, gets less or more? What services help you now and why they are good. What services you don’t have but think would help you. You may have questions about what will happen after the assessment. You can also write these down or record them to remind you at the assessment. Some ideas are: What happens next? Will I be sent a record? When? Who gets sent a copy? What do I do if things get worse before I hear from you? What if things change or get worse in the future? Ways to get ready before the assessment To remind yourself of everything you want to say you can: Make a list. Draw a picture. Keep a diary for a few days. Record a video or audio. At the assessment This is your assessment so ask any questions that you need to. It’s OK to ask people to slow down, or explain things, or to say that you would like a break. Sometimes it can feel hard to tell adults what you would like, or to say things that you think would upset others. It’s OK to say what’s on your mind. It doesn’t mean that you’re being unfair to the person you care for or that you or they will get into trouble. It will help everyone to get the most out of the assessment. The person you care for should have the chance to take part in the discussion. If you’re under 18, your parent(s) should also be able to take part. This can happen with you or separately. What to expect after the assessment We will email a copy of your assessment to you, your parents and anyone else that you want us to. Your parent(s) can also ask us to give a copy to other people, for example a teacher at your school. If you are worried about your assessment, or particular information, being shared with your parent(s) you should talk to the Young Carer Assessor and explain what you want to happen. The assessment helps us to decide what help we should be giving you. This could also involve us contacting the council to request support for the person that you look after, so that you do not have to do so much caring. You can find out more about the type of help that we can give young carers here. Your assessment will also include information about other services that can help. Young Adult Carers and Transition Assessments What is a transition assessment and who is it for? A Transition Assessment is separate to a Young Carer’s Assessment. It is about the changes that might happen as you become an adult and the support that you might need from adult services. We carry out Transition Assessments between the age of 17 and 18 with your permission. What happens at the transition assessment? The transition assessment will look at different parts of your life. It is like the Young Carer Assessment but can also include whether you want to change your caring role, what support would be helpful for you to achieve your goals after you turn 18 and other services that might be able to help. As you are now more mature, it might also include actions that you can take to improve your situation or achieve your goals. What happens after the transition assessment? Just like the Young Carer Assessment, afterwards we’ll give you and your parent(s) a copy of the assessment that says what you talked and any agreed actions. It will say whether we think the Local Authority could give you additional support and how we’ll help you to access this.