Making a Contingency Plan
Being a young carer can be difficult at the best of times, but it can be extra hard if something unexpected happens, either to yourself or the person you are caring for. What happens if their health condition deteriorates? What happens if you are unwell yourself and unable to care?
Planning ahead can help you manage these changes by being prepared and knowing what to do and, if necessary, who to turn to. This is why we are encouraging all Young Carers to make a Contingency Plan.
If you put a Contingency Plan in place, you and your family will find it easier to get the extra support you need quickly. You’ll get help not only with the crisis or emergency but also helping you to carry on going to school, meet with your friends, look after your own health and emotional wellbeing.
The plan works best if it involves everyone who would normally support you and your family and we can help with this. We can talk to people like teachers and pastoral support at your school, a social worker involved with the person you care for but most importantly we talk with you and your family as you are the experts in your caring role and your family.
Having a plan in place can reduce the worry for you and your family. A Carer Connector can help you make a plan and form your support network. You can look at some ideas here: Contingency Plan Emergency Scenarios and use them in your plan or you can write your own scenarios using this Emergency Scenarios_Blank Form.
When you are ready to write your Contingency Plan contact our Advice Line on 0800 083 1148 for a referral to a Connector.