Coronavirus (COVID-19): children, young people and families

We continue to update the guidance on managing direct payments during the pandemic.

This is for those who:

  • manage their own direct payments
  • have support from Purple, the company we currently use, to manage their direct payments
  • manage direct payments on behalf of someone else

Read the Covid-19: direct payments for children frequently asked questions (PDF, 352.14kB).

Young carers

Looking after someone in your family can be rewarding, but it can also be difficult, and be especially hard for young people.

It may make things more difficult at school, mean you don't have time to go out with your friends, do homework, or do things you'd like to do.

There is help available for young carers. We can help suggest things that will make things easier for you, and help you continue to help your family.

What is a young carer?

You are a young carer if you're under 18 and you look after someone in your family who:

  • is ill or disabled
  • uses drugs or alcohol

This person could be a parent, grandparent, brother, or sister.

How we can help

All young carers are eligible for a young carer's assessment.

This is a way of understanding how we could help you or put you in touch with organisations that can offer the support you need.

For any other queries about young carers' support in Essex, email

Concerned about a young person?

If you're concerned about someone under 18 who is providing care for someone, use our online referral form.

More information

Essex Youth Services has information and advice for young carers

Action for Children has information and advice for young carers

Carers Trust has information and advice for young carers

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