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Welcome to the Young Carers Toolkit.

This toolkit is aimed at professionals across Health, Education and Social Services, who are identifying, and have contact with young carers and young adult carers.

We need more services and projects to work together to support and meet the needs of children, young people and their families aross Wales. This includes working together to raise awareness and engage young carers and young adult carers.

Young carers are children and young people who provide care and support for a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill, or is affected by substance misuse.

Young adult carers are aged between 18 and 25. Some will have been young carers for many years and others will be taking on a caring role for the first time. Some services for young ault carers start at 16, as this is a significant transistion point on the road to adulthood.

This toolkit was comissioned by the Welsh Government, which has identified support for young carers and young adult craers as a key priority in the Carers Strategy for Wales. It was produced by Youth Friendly, with the help of the young Carers Network and other carers and professionals.

We hope you will find it challenging, exciting and - above all - useful to you in your professional role.

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