Referrals for Young People

BYCAS Referral Guidance Notes
These notes are intended for anyone wishing to make a referral to BYCAS (Barnet Young Carers and Siblings) on behalf of a young carer or sibling who requires support.  The guidelines accompany the BYCAS Referral Form.  Please read these guidelines carefully when making a referral.

If you have read these guidelines and are still unsure about how to progress please contact a member of the BYCAS team on 020 8432 2092 for assistance.

About BYCAS and Barnet Carers Centre
BYCAS stands for Barnet Young Carers and Siblings.  It is the service for young carers and siblings aged 5-17 years living within the London Borough of Barnet.  The service is part of Barnet Carers Centre, an organisation that supports all carers within the Borough.

Who can make a referral?Anyone can make a referral to BYCAS on behalf of a young carer or sibling.  However, it is essential that the referrer has


of both the parent and the young person they are referring.

Who can you make a referral for?BYCAS accepts referrals for young carers and siblings aged 5-17 years and living in the Borough of Barnet.

If a young person is aged 18 or above they can register as an adult carer with the Adult Carer Support Team at Barnet Carers Centre.

If a young person lives outside the Borough of Barnet the BYCAS team can provide you the contact details of the appropriate young carers’ service in the relevant area.


If you are experiencing any problems with this form or would like some more information on how to refer a young person to our service please contact us.  We aim to reply to your enquiry within 48 hours.

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BYCAS definitions  of (A) Young Carers and (B) Siblings

(A) Definition of a young carer:

“Young carers are children who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, a mental health problem or a substance misuse problem. Young carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.”

(B) Definition of siblings:

“People who grow up with a brother or sister with special needs, disability, chronic illness are often referred to as ‘siblings’. Many siblings need support and information at different stages of their lives”

How do I make a referral?

Please ensure that you have received consent from the parent/guardian for the referral to be made and for data to be held by BYCAS.

Referrals can be made online and this will go directly to the Young Carers Support Team.  An automatic email will be sent to the referrer to confirm that it has been received.

Alternatively, the form can be downloaded and emailed or posted to the Young Carers Support Team with the details on the form.

What happens after a referral has been made?

The referral will be inputted onto our referral tracker (waiting list) and contact will be made with the family within 5 working days.  The Young Carer Support worker will discuss who we are and the support services we offer.  If possible, family assessments will be done on the phone.  Young Carer registration and assessment can be done either online, by post or through a home visit.  After the Young Carers assessment has been completed the support worker will contact the family to discuss the support plan and accessing services.

Further Questions

If you are unsure how to proceed, or have any questions, please contact us on 020 8432 2092