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Legislation - Plymouth Young Carers

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Young carers and their families in England have specific rights to assessment and support under the Children and Families Act (2014) and Care Act (2014).

More information on the new young carers assessment form for Plymouth will be available shortly.

Local authorities must take 'reasonable steps' (Children and Families Act) to identify young carers in their area who have support needs. In Plymouth, the local authority has a Young Carers Champion who works closely with young carers' leads across schools to identify and support young carers. It is recognised in Plymouth that school is a place that can make a significant difference to the wellbeing and attainment of young carers through a holistic approach to support. In Plymouth, there are nearly 1000 young carers with 27% having a special educational need and/or disability.

"We know the pressures on these often very vulnerable children are enormous and the impact on their own education and welfare can be significant. There needs to be better peer support networks and we need to make sure local authorities have the resources needed to work more closely with primary and secondary schools to identify and refer potential cases as early as possible."

Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for England January 2018

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