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Young carers

Sometimes young people have to take on the role of carer. Young carers often have to put their own life on hold while they take responsibility for the care of someone. We offer support and assistance to these hard-working carers.

Who are young carers?

Young carers are children and young people under the age of 25 whose life is restricted by the need to take responsibility for the care of someone who is ill, has a disability, is experiencing mental distress or is affected by substance misuse (Carers UK, 1998).

These young carers carry out significant or substantial caring tasks, often on a regular basis, and they take on a level of responsibility that is inappropriate to their age or development.

Support for young carers in Islington

Families First and Family Action Young Carers Service

Islington and Camden councils have jointly commissioned Family Action and Families First, Islington to provide a targeted young carers service.

Family Action Young Carers Service offers information and advice to parents, young people and professionals. They work with the whole family to look at ways of supporting the young carer and the person who needs care.

They carry out home visits and an assessment using the common assessment framework (CAF) and they can provide help with any problems young carers may be having at school.

You can contact Family Action by email on, or you can call them on 020 7272 6933.
Their address is Family Action Islington, Young Carers Service, 608 Holloway Road, London N19 3PH.

Other addresses for Families First, Islington are:

  • 85-88 Holland Walk, London, N19 3XS 
  • St Luke’s Centre, 90 Central Street, London, EC1V 8AJ

Tel: 020 7527 4343

Family Action referral email:

Family Action works in partnership with:

  • CASA Family Service: works with adults who have drug or alcohol issues. They are able to support young carers in group or one to one situations, giving them opportunity to express their feelings, ask questions and feel supported.

  • Elfrida Rathbone Camden: ERC offers advocacy for young carers and their families - for example, between school and family, family and housing or hospital services.

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


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 the Kidstime Foundation website.


A monthly group for older young people who have a parent with mental illness. It has built on the experience of the Kidstime workshops, but the young people play a significant part in how the groups are run. Parents have rarely been included so far, but it is open to young people to use the group to help with family relationships when they need to.

Referrals to Kidstime need to be made via a CAF or eCAF. Please call 020 7272 6933 for more information.

Other support available

There are a number of national organisations that support young carers, including YCNet which is run by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and is part of Carers Trust.

Useful contacts for young carers

Play and Youth Services: Christine Lehmann - 0207 527 5645
Children’s Social Care: Ruth Beecher - 0207 527 7717
Education: Richard Wells - 0207 527 5590
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


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