Make a Referral

When to refer

EYC offers support to young carers living in the North and South-East of Edinburgh. If you, or a young person you know aged between 5 and 25 care for, or are affected by somebody at home living with a physical disability, mental ill health or who struggles with substance use and may enjoy a break from caring, some extra support, or just somebody to talk to, you can make a referral to us. You can also make a referral for a Young Carer Statement.

Who can refer

Third parties: Any person can make a referral to EYC on behalf of a young carer, using the Referral form for Third Parties – Professionals, Parents & Guardians form. This form can be used by, for example; other family members, social workers, community and health workers, GPs, school and guidance teachers and voluntary sector workers. Please take time to read the supporting EYC Referral Information and Guidance and Referrals for Young Carers with Additional Needs notes and the before completing the form.

Self-referrals: If you are a young carer yourself or a young adult carer, you can send us your own referral by looking at the EYC Self Referral information below and then completing the Under 16 or 16-25 Self Referral form, depending on your age.

Young Carer Statements

Every young carer in Scotland, aged between 5 and 18 and still in school, is entitled to a Young Carer Statement under the Carers Act 2016. A Young Carer Statement will help to identify and highlight your personal goals and any support that you may require as a young carer, as well as record who is responsible for providing that support. It’s a summary of your caring role that you can use to let people like teachers, doctors and other professionals know how they can support you.

Click here and here for more information about the Young Carer Statement.

How to refer

***Please note that we currently have a waiting list time of up to 6 months for all of our age/stage support services, as well as our EYC Membership service***

Please read the notes below and on the referral forms for detailed guidance on making a referral and how to complete the forms.

Email to, or post it to us at the address on the Contacts page.

Referral forms

Third Party Referral information & form (Professionals/Parent/Guardian/other)

Self Referral information & forms

Young Carer Statement Referral

GDPR – Privacy Notice

Guidance for making referrals and next steps

When making a third party referral, we prefer that both forms (Professional Referral and Self-Referral) are completed if possible, so that we have information from the young person’s point of view too, but we can accept the one form.

All information given on referral forms will be treated confidentially. If the referral proceeds, the forms will be kept in the young person’s file which they will have access to.

Due to the number of referrals we receive and limited resources, we can not always accept referrals. The referrer will be notified if we are able to take the referral and we will provide alternative support contacts if not.

When we are able to proceed with the referral, we will contact the referrer to find out any additional information or if circumstances have changed since the referral was made.

An initial meeting will be set up and then a worker will visit the young carer and their family at home, to explain more about the service and check that both parties are happy to proceed.

Exceptions can be made if the young person, referrer or family do not wish to have a home visit. The meeting can take place at our office or another venue.