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Many children and young people who are caring for someone in their family do not see themselves as young carers. Sometimes they have grown up with their caring role and it seems normal to them, for others it is because they do not want to be seen as different or singled out from their peers and stigmatised or judged.

Identifying young carers

Social workers and professionals within an education setting such as teachers or support staff have been widely recognised as the people who are potentially most likely to identify hidden young carers.

In school, young carers often present as mature for their age with no or few peer relationships.

Some indicators that a young person may be a young carer are:

  • They are often late or miss school for no apparent reason, often with parental permission
  • They may be underachieving at school or struggling to keep up with homework, often handing in work late or of poor quality
  • They can present as being tired or withdrawn or not want to talk about their home life
  • Have difficulty in taking part in after schools clubs or outside activities
  • Are often isolated from their peers or a victim or bullying
  • Express anxiety or concern over someone at home (the person they care for)
  • Have behavioral problems or have difficulty concentrating.

Teachers, tutors or support staff can help young carers and young adult carers self identify by checking if they are caring for a family member. These children and young people may be undertaking emotional or practical tasks within their families that involve supporting an adult or sibling, undertaking household tasks, shopping, dealing with finances, and looking after younger siblings because the person they care for is unable to. With support a young carer can achieve in school or college and fulfil their potential.

Professionals who work with adults with a disability or illness play an important role in supporting and identifying young carers by simply asking the adult they are working with if there is a child who is caring for them at home.

Get in touch

Call or email us to get in touch and find out how we could help you

Contact details:

Call or email us to get in touch and find out how we could help you

0121 638 0878

Email birminghamyc@spurgeons.org

Post Birmingham Young Carers Unite
The Big Peg
311B
120 Vyse Street
Birmingham
B18 6NF

Make a referral:

Anyone can make a referral to Birmingham Young Carers Unite. Referrals are followed up with a home visit to assess the level of care being provided.

You can either complete the referral form with as many details as you can and:

email it back to birminghamyc@spurgeons.org

return it to our office

Or contact us on 0121 638 0878 to have any questions answered.

Meet the Team

Jackie

Jackie

Children's Services Manager

Jackie is our children's service manager who has been with us since December 2015. Jackie is very excited to drive the team and continue to do great things for young carers.

Laura

Laura

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Laura. I've been working with young carers for six years and enjoy making a difference in their lives. In my spare time I love having fun with my crazy family. My life is a constant juggling act of kids, kids and more kids and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Bina

Bina

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi everyone. My name in Bina Lad and I enjoy working with the children and young people at the young carers service. I love going to the cinema, going out for meals and watching lots of reality TV.

Ed

Ed

Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Ed! I have a great passion for supporting and giving all young carers the best opportunity in life. Coming from a caring background myself, I know how it can sometimes feel being a young carer so I always have a spare ear to listen. In my spare time I love going to watch the best team in the world - you guessed it, Aston Villa! I hold a season ticket and never miss a home game. I also love to watch TV and play on the Xbox One!

Sushama

Sushama

Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Sushama. I have been working with children and families for most of my working life. Joining Spurgeons has been great as I love meeting new people from different walks of like and also enjoy the activities planned. In my spare time, I love watching movies, reading, meeting up with my friends and spending time with my family. One of my biggest passions is travelling as I love learning about different cultures and traditions.

Will

Will

Young Carers Support Worker

I have been a carer since I was young(er) and am still a carer, so I have a real enthusiasm for the job I do here at Spurgeons Birmingham Young Carers Unite. I like to watch old movies and TV shows in my spare time or going for long walks in the park with my pet pooch. My favourite superhero is 'Wonder Woman', who is yours? I hope to see you all in the future at one of our activities or family days.

Ruth

Ruth

Senior Young Carers Support Worker

Hi, my name is Ruth. I love working with young people at Spurgeons. In my free time I enjoy spending quality time with my two sons, watching lots of films and listening to music.

Bal

Bal

Admin and Communications Officer

Hi, I'm Bal. I love listening and helping people. I'll be on the other end of the phone when you give the office a call. I'm here to help so if you have any questions or worries just give me a call!

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