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YC Strategy and Authorisation Card in Fife


Young Carers in Fife

Research shows that there are approximately 5,000 young carers in Fife alone. More than half of young carers live in one-parent families and almost a third care for someone with mental health problems. A fifth of young carers miss school due to their caring responsibilities. Young carers state that they want professionals working with them to listen, believe them and understand how their home situation impacts on their ability to attend school, spend time with their peers and develop their own interests.

Getting it Right for Young Carers in Fife

In June 2012 Fife launched ‘Getting it Right for Young Carers in Fife’, a strategy paper detailing the wellbeing and needs of young carers. The paper was based on the experiences of young carers from all over Fife, and is intended to promote increased identification and support from all professionals who may have contact with them. Fife Council Education Directorate have the lead on behalf of Fife’s Getting it Right working group to deliver and implement the strategy.

Getting it Right for
Young Carers, Strategy
Getting it Right for
Young Carers, Summary

Young Carers Authorisation Card

The Young Carers Authorisation Card scheme is a pilot funded by the Scottish Government aimed at improving the information available to young carers about the person they care for. Young carers state that they feel excluded from discussions and decisions about the person they look after and yet in reality they may play a vital caring role for a family member. With the consent of the cared for person, health professionals will be able to share information about medication, diagnosis and prognosis. It is intended that this process will recognise the role played by young carers and potentially influence treatment plans, subsequently reducing young carers’ responsibilities and making them feel more supported in their caring role.

The level and nature of the information to be shared will be detailed on the card, which will also include a photograph of the young carer and the name of the person they care for. In Fife, we are also using the card as a way for young carers to identify themselves in school. Those young carers who do not need a full authorisation card will carry a more basic card which will enable them to access support in school.

The pilot is being led by NHS Fife and will be evaluated after March 2013. Feedback will be sought from young carers and professionals.


For further information about the card contact Nina Collins, Fife Young Carers, email or call 01592 223894.



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