Criteria and Referrals

Young Carers MK can only accept referrals from professionals e.g. social worker, teacher or doctor. This makes it very important that professionals understand what a young carer is and how best to support them.

Referral criteria

The young person is all of the following:

  • between the ages of 8-19 years old
  • lives in Milton Keynes
  • is aware of the referral and parent/guardian consent has been given
  • cares for a family member

The young person cares for someone with at least one of the following:

  • a physical or learning disability
  • a long-term illness
  • a terminal illness
  • a mental illness
  • alcohol or substance misuse

Their caring role has a direct impact upon or affects at least one of the following:

  • social inclusion
  • educational opportunities and achievement
  • their emotional wellbeing
  • their physical wellbeing
  • family relationships

How to refer to our service

To make a referral to Young Carers MK, please fill out the referral form and send to

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