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Working with Young Carers

In 2010 the Scottish Government published their first national young carers strategy ‘Getting it Right for Young Carers, The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015’. This strategy recognises that the demands of caring can have an adverse impact on young carers' health and wellbeing and the responsibilities of caring can deny a young person their right to a childhood.

The Psychological Service took on the task of developing a resource pack with the aim of increasing awareness of young carers in Shetland. In turn, it is hoped that this will feed into the wider aim of improving processes of identification and support across schools and partner agencies.

The information contained in this resource has been adapted from a previous edition of Supporting Young Carers: A resource for schools, which was produced by the Orkney Young Carers Service. We are extremely grateful to the Orkney Young Carers Service for allowing us to reproduce their resource. We would also like to acknowledge the Princess Royal Trust for Carers, as much of the information contained in Orkney’s resource was taken from an original document which they produced.

If you need any help with using the resource or working with Young Carers, please contact Kirsten Harcus or Laura Russell at VAS on 01595 743900. We do have access to some grants that may help young carers, as well as offering a peer support group.

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