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April 2021 Newsletter - Young Carers

In this update

  • Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family
  • Family Hubs
  • How to ease the transition back to school for young carers
  • Skills Launchpad Plymouth
  • Free training available to help protect Plymouth's children
  • Digital Inclusion survey
  • The Big Ask consultation
  • Feedback

Government guidance for unpaid carers

This guidance is for anyone in England who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who, due to a lifelong condition, illness, disability, serious injury, a mental health condition or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

It builds on other guidance published on GOV.UK, including:

Young carers and young adult carers

The guidance may also be helpful for those under 25 (young carers and young adult carers) who provide care for someone. The information and advice provided is designed to help young carers understand the changes they need to make and signposts the help available during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

You are a young carer if you are under the age of 18 and look after or care for someone who needs support with daily life. A friend or family member (parent, brother, sister, grandparent or other relative) might need support because of illness, disability, serious injury, mental health condition or an addiction.

If you are over 16 but under 25 and look after or have caring responsibilities for someone else, you are a young adult carer. You may or may not live with those you care for.

If everyone is well, you can continue to provide essential care and travel to deliver this care. See information below on what to do if someone has symptoms or a positive test for coronavirus.

Read the full guidance on the GOV.UK website 


Family Hubs

The Family Hubs Case for Change paper has been approved by Plymouth City Council's Cabinet on March 9th, 2021.

Watch the webcast

Fast-forward to agenda item 18

Read the press release as Cabinet approves this Innovative Partnership 

If you have any queries, please email


Transitioning back to school

As schools reopen, young carers' needs, and concerns remain high. Feylyn Lewis sets out ways schools can support them in the coming weeks and months

The interminable months of lockdown have been difficult for everyone. But for the estimated 800,000 plus young carers in England, these have been some of the most challenging times of their young lives. School staff now have a very delicate task in helping to support the mental health challenges wrought by the pandemic as they return to school.

Here are four pinch points that are common to young carers' experiences, and how to help them get past them.

  • Increased isolation due to loss of respite opportunities
  • Added stress due to home learning  
  • Covid-19 anxiety adds to mental health toll 
  • Ending lockdown brings only partial relief  

Read the full article on the Schools Week website


Skills Launchpad Plymouth

A virtual event took place to launch the new physical space for Skills Launchpad Plymouth, supported by Barclays Plymouth. This marks an important milestone for the city's one-stop-shop for skills, training, education, careers and jobs. 

View the event presentation slides

Take a virtual Unveiling Tour of the Home of Skills Launchpad Plymouth, led by our Youth Hub Coordinator Jo Lacy

Listen to a young person who shared their experience of using Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Our full event is available for catch up on You Tube


Free training to help protect children

For some, home isn't always a safe place.

That's why Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership are asking workers who regularly visit other people's homes to spend just 15 minutes to learn how they can potentially spot and report signs of child abuse and neglect with free training from the NSPCC.

Please visit the NSPCC website for more info. It's your call.


Digital Inclusion survey

Plymouth City Council really want to be able to direct help to those who need it, and this survey could be a great way to more accurately pinpoint where and what we need to do, and all the collected data will be shared with you to help you in your efforts to reach those who are excluded. The survey will close at the end of September. 

If you are helping people via the telephone and would like to conduct the survey with them in this way you can use the online version of the form which can be found on the digital inclusion pages of the PCC website.

Have your say


The Big Ask

The Children's Commissioner has launched the biggest ever consultation with children.

Dame Rachel De Souza, Children's Commissioner for England, is today launching 'The Big Ask', the largest ever consultation with children undertaken in England.

The survey will be live from today until May 19th and asks children across England to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-Covid.

The results from this survey will help the Children's Commissioner identify the barriers preventing children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve.

Children and young people can take part in the survey at

If you are a teacher, or work with children and young people we have lots of resources to support you implementing the survey with them.

Watch Rachel De Souza introduce and explain the survey with the help of footballer Marcus Rashford.

Have a question? Find answers to common questions about The Big Ask.

If you want to talk to the team behind the survey, you can contact us at

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