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Information for Professionals

East Sussex Young Carers works in partnership with Early Help, Education, Health, and Voluntary Organisations to achieve the best outcomes for Young Carers.

East Sussex County Council commissioned East Sussex Young Carers a service of Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK). The service reflects ESCC’s Early Help integrated whole family working model and Family Keywork approach. Our involvement will be recorded on the Child Index.

Young Carers Definition:

“The term young carer should be taken to include children and young people under 18 who provide regular or ongoing care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances… a young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care-giving and responsibility to the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child, risking impacting on his or her emotional or physical well-being or educational achievement and life chances” (ADASS, ADCS & Children’s Society 2013)

East Sussex Young Carers are targeting the following hidden groups as a priority;

  • Young Carers caring for a parent with a mental health issue
  • Young Carers caring for a parent with a substance misuse issue

East Sussex Young Carers provides:

  • Information, advice, guidance, signposting and advocacy through a single point of contact called the Young Carers Hub. This is available to Young Carers, Families and Professionals.
  • Chill Clubs are dedicated groups in East Sussex for Young Carers to meet each other, talk about their caring role and of course have fun! Chill Clubs are tailored to the nature of the caring role with a focus on hidden Young Carers.
  • East Sussex Young Carers support team provides face to face support to Young Carers individually and to the whole family. The team will be guided by other professionals or keyworkers with the family and will seek out relevant expertise from other professionals for the benefit of the family.
  • Education is essential to a Young Carers development. East Sussex Young Carers offers tailored training and information to schools which will enable them to identify and support Young Carers in house.


The online referral form can be completed by school, family or other professional with parental permission. Click on the link below for further information about our service and the referral form.

If you are sending an Early Help plan alongside there is no need to duplicate any information only complete the additional information requested.

For any other information please contact our Hub on 0300 777 2011 or email info@eastsussexyoungcarers.org.uk

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