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Evaluation of Capital Carers Young Carers Project …Ten Years On

The Young Carers Research Group has been commissioned by Capital Carers, Southwark, to conduct an evaluation of its services and make recommendations for new ways of working with young carers. 

Background to the evaluation:

The Capital Carers Young Carers Project (CCYCP) works with young carers (aged 8-18) in the London Borough of Southwark.  The project provides young carers with:

  1. a break from caring
  2. opportunities to make friends with other young carers
  3. the opportunity to identify their own needs
  4. the chance to enjoy new social and leisure experiences
  5. appropriate information relating to illness and disability
  6. one to one support and advocacy
  7. support in schools

CCYCP was set up in 1997 and is the only service in Southwark dedicated to meeting the needs of young carers.  With more than 100 young carers on its books, and 81 currently on the waiting list for services, the project is faced with a significant challenge.  The project is run by two full-time and two part-time members of staff and a team of 30 volunteers. 

Capital Carers also has a sister young carers project working specifically with children on a local housing estate (Aylesbury Estate), which is funded by New Deals for Communities.  The Aylesbury Young Carers Project has one full-time worker and one part-time worker and works with 35 young carers.

Evaluation Methods:

  1. Semi-structured interviews with the past and present CCYCP service users.
  2. Semi-structured interviews with parents of children who have used, or are waiting to use, the project.
  3. Telephone survey of referral agencies/agents.
  4. Documentary analysis of national legislation, policies and procedures that inform eligibility criterion and help inform practice (service delivery to young carers and their families), as well as evaluation of CCYCP’s  own in-house policies and procedures.

Output: Action research strategy (continual feedback) accumulating in a final evaluation report and presentation.

Principal evaluator: Dr Darren Sharpe
Director of research and evaluation: Dr Jo Aldridge

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