Young people’s zone

We may be called Brighter Futures for Children but that doesn’t mean we don’t support young people – we provide lots of services for anyone aged 13+ too.

If you’re looking after an adult family member or a sibling who is ill, disabled, has mental health problems or is misusing drugs or alcohol, then this group is here to support you.

You can join weekly group sessions (virtually at the moment) and meet other young people who are going through similar experiences.

You’ll be able to chat through any concerns or get info on relevant topics such as staying safe, food preparation or advice on drugs and alcohol.

The sessions are split into three age groups: 6–9 years, 5–11 years & 13–18 years.

To join, you need to have been assessed using the young carer’s screening tool. What dies that mean? It involves talking to you, your parents (and anyone else you want to be involved) to understand your situation.

Your assessment will:

  • look at the impact your responsibilities have on your education, training and leisure opportunities
  • decide whether it is appropriate for you to continue providing this care
  • ask you if you want to carry on caring and, if so, how much support you are willing and able to provide
  • identify other services to support your family.

A young carer will be assessed by the allocated worker (if you are already open to a social worker or early help worker e.g. family worker or youth worker). If you aren’t, you can ask for a referral for an assessment by calling our Children’s Single Point of Access (CSPoA). They will look at the request (which can be made by you or by a professional, such as a teacher or GP on your behalf) and let you know how the young carer’s assessment will be undertaken.

To find out more about the groups and activities run for young carers, please email or call 0118 937 3641.

There is more information on support for young carers on the Family Information Service website here.