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Knowsley Young Carers Service

The Young Carers Team supports young people aged 6 to 18 years who are caring for a family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. Young Carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. 

In partnership with Knowsley Youth Mutual, we take a whole family approach to assess and support carers providing support wherever possible. This may include a trip or activity to provide peer support or a one to one chat with trained workers.  We support families to ensure that they receive a full package of help that they require, making sure all of the relevant services are involved.  This helps to ensure the young carers do not need to take on inappropriate levels of care that could be detrimental to their own health and wellbeing. 

The young carer assessment is child friendly and easily accessible and incorporates many elements of All About Me. Assessments often provide considerable insight into not only the wishes and feelings of children but also their perceptions, which can improve and inform current support plans.

The service also works alongside schools in Knowsley to promote and identify Young Carers. This invovles raising awareness through assembilies, training with teaching staff and through the promotion of Young Carers Schools Award. 

Criteria

All answers must be YES to meet the criteria for the young person: 

  • Young person aged between 6-18 years old
  • Lives in Knowsley Borough
  • Is aware of the referral, and parent/guardian consent has been given
  • Cares for a family member(parent/sibling/other relative) 

Contact Details:

Email: mike.kehoe@knowsley.gov.uk
Role: Young Carers Assessor
Office no. 0151 443 5059
Mobile: 07760 991 108 

Email: christopher.wong@knowsley.gov.uk
Role: Young Carers Educational Welfare Officer
Office no. 0151 443 2336
Mobile: 07717301325

Contact Details

0151 443 5059

Opening days / times

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm

Additional Information

Age range

6 - 18

Referral procedure

  • Complete referral form (found HERE)
  • The external form should only be used by professionals who do not have access to EHM (Early Help Module) System. An internal referral can be made via EHM and is the preferred method to refer a child to the Young Carers Service.
  • All external referral forms are to be completed and sent via SECURE email to EHT@KNOWSLEY.GCSX.GOV.UK . Please ensure the email title states Young Carers Referral Form so the form can be forwarded to the correct team.
  • A referral by parents/guardians can be made via telephone on 0151 443 5059 or 0151 443 2336. Please request to speak to Mike Kehoe or Chris Wong if you are making a referral.
  • Once a referral is made, the assessment worker Mike Kehoe will contact the referrer and family to arrange a home visit.
  • The assessment will consider whether the young person is a young carer and a support plan would be created.

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Criteria

All answers must be YES to meet the criteria for the young person: 

  • Young person aged between 6-18 years old
  • Lives in Knowsley Borough
  • Is aware of the referral, and parent/guardian consent has been given
  • Cares for a family member(parent/sibling/other relative) 

Delivery period

January to December

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