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The Barnet Safeguarding Children Partnership

Young Carers

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A young carer is a young person who gives regular care and emotional support to a parent, brother, or sister, or someone else in the family.

There are many reasons why young people do this caring:

  • the person they care for may have physical disabilities
  • the person could have learning difficulties
  • they may have mental health problems for example being depressed
  • the person may have a problem with alcohol or drugs

 Being a young carer isn’t all about hard work. Many young carers say how proud they are to be carers. However, sometimes it can be hard for a young carer to find time to relax, away from home.

Barnet Young Carers and Siblings (BYCAS) project

Barnet Young Carers and Siblings (BYCAS) project has friendly, helpful workers who are there to offer support and advice to any young carers in Barnet, aged from 5 to 18 years old.

You can contact them by:

 Telephone: 020 8343 9698

 Address: Barnet Carers Centre

 3rd Floor, Global House

 303 Ballards Lane, North Finchley N12 8NP

 Clubs and outings

 BYCAS run two free clubs, one for younger children, and one for teenagers, and they can arrange transport in a mini-bus to help you get to the clubs.

At the clubs, there are things to do, it can be a great place for young carers to have some time to relax and also mix with other young carers.

Young people can confidentially talk to a trained counsellor during BYCAS club days/nights.

They also run trips out for the family, and day breaks.

 School support

 BYCAS has a schools worker who gives support in some schools in Barnet.

.One-to-one free counselling for 16 to 19 year old carers living in Barnet

 The Barnet Youth and Community Team provide a free counselling service for 16-19 year olds living in Barnet. One-to-one sessions are available at either Canada Villa Youth Centre in Mill Hill or at Finchley Youth Centre in East Finchley.

 Please contact the team on 020 8359 5281 for further details or complete the referral form and e-mail this to youthteamreferrals@barnet.gov.uk.

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