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Young carers

Who are young carers?

Young Carers are children and young people under eighteen, who provide some care for a parent or other family member who may have a physical or learning disability, long term illness, mental ill health or drug and/or alcohol problems.

The care they provide may be practical, for example, household responsibilities, personal care like washing, dressing and giving medication, or it could be emotional support.

The care may be regular, substantial or less intensive, however, it may be that the level of care is inappropriate for the young person’s age and can impact on areas of development such as education, social interaction and emotional and physical health and wellbeing.

Many children and young people do not see themselves as carers. They just see themselves as supporting another family member and doing what anyone else would do in their situation, particularly if the parent or sibling has mental health or drug and alcohol misuse problems. The parent(s) themselves may not recognize that they have a problem or that the care they receive from a young person may be inappropriate and have an adverse effect on the outcomes for this young person.

Support for young carers in Islington

Young carers are everybody’s responsibility. In Islington we expect our schools, play and youth services, health and social care services to be proactive in identifying and supporting children and young people who have caring responsibilities. We have also commissioned Family Action, in partnership with Camden Council, to provide a more targeted young carers service where needed. 

Family Action Islington and Camden’s Young Carers Service (ICYC) can offer information and advice to parents, young people and professionals. Following referral ICYC will carry out home visits to complete a whole family assessment exploring the care needs, caring role and its impact. Based on the outcome of this assessment they will work with the whole family, supporting the young carer and the person who needs care to reduce the role undertaken and any negative impacts associated.

You can email Family Action or call them on 020 7272 6933.

Their address is Family Action Islington and Camden Young Carers Service, The Exchange, Watkinson Road, London. N7 8DE   

Family Action referral email: 

Family Action, the Camden and Islington Mental Health Foundation Trust and Camden Family Services and Social Work also provide the following services:

Our Time

A workshop for children and parents affected by parental mental illness, which offers a safe space for families to talk openly and learn about mental health issues from professionals. It includes a discussion group for parents, as well as drama and games for children and young people. Find out more on Our Time website.

Referrals to Our Time need to be made using the Our Time referral form which can be requested by emailing Please call 020 7272 6933 for more information.

Other support available

Useful service contacts for young carers in Islington

Play and Youth Services: Christine Lehmann - 0207 527 5645 

Children’s Social Care: Ruth Beecher - 0207 527 7717 

Education: Richard Wells - 0207 527 5590

Children’s Health Commissioning: Tanya Parr - 0207 527 1892

Islington Carers Hub (18’s and over)

The Hub is managed by Carers UK, on behalf of Islington Council. For more information about Islington Carers Hub, please call 0800 085 1141, or email, or visit Islington Carers Hub.

Web-based resources

Carers Trust
What is a young carer? | Carers Trust | Action, help and advice for carers

Young carers I Barnardo's works with young carers

The Children’s Society
Welcome | Include Programme

Young Minds
Young carers

Royal College of Psychiatrists
Caring for young carers

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