Northamptonshire Young Carers Service supports children and young people between the ages of 5 and 17 who are providing necessary care to a family member who has a long-term illness or disability.

It is important to distinguish between a young person who is providing necessary care and a young person who is affected by someone in their family having a long-term illness or disability. By necessary care we mean activities that will not get completed unless the young person does them on a regular basis, for example: cleaning living areas; doing the washing; cooking; personal care; etc.  We do have to be mindful about inappropriate caring roles: if a young person was responsible for providing regular personal care then this would be deemed as inappropriate and other services would need to be sought to provide this care.  We also have to be mindful of caring activities that are beyond the expectation of a young person's age and ability.

If the young person meets the eligibility criteria, support is very much based on assessment and need, which can change over a period of time so reviews can be carried out.

We do operate a waiting list so please complete the referral form as fully as possible to ensure we have all information to prioritise the children and young people.

If you are unsure of eligibility please read our guidelines for referrers or contact us.