Young Carers Authorisation Card
The Young Carers Authorisation Card scheme has been running in Fife since 2010, it aims to improve the information available to young carers about the person they care for. Young carers state 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 is detailed on the card, which also includes 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 carry a more basic card which enables them to access support in school.
For more information contact Amber Reid, Development Worker on 01592 786717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org