What is the Young Carers ID card (YCID)?

The YCID, or Young Carers ID card, is a simple card to help professionals including doctors, teachers and pharmacists to recognise them and support them appropriately.

Pembrokeshire County Council and Action for Children are proud to welcome the Pembrokeshire Young Carers ID Card, part of a national scheme to ensure that young carers get the recognition they deserve and the support that they need.

The national Young Carer I.D. Card, funded by Welsh Government, is also being simultaneously launched across Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. This will facilitate a coordinated regional approach in supporting young carers, making it easier for them to access the help they need, when it is needed.

It is estimated that here in Wales we have over 30’000 young carers, which equates to one in every twelve young people across the Country. A young carer is someone that cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.  In Pembrokeshire, Young Carer I.D. cards will be issued by Action for Children to young people up to the age of 18 who have an unpaid caring role.

The new I.D. card will give young carers a quick way to inform professionals such as teachers, pharmacists and GPs, that they have a caring responsibility. The Young Carer .I.D card therefore offers a discreet but effective way for young carers to identify themselves without having to publically share details about their caring role.

The Young Carer I.D. card will also hold additional benefits, including fantastic offers from local venues such as Scolton Manor who are currently offering a free annual car parking pass to Young Carer I.D. card holders, as well as a free hot drink from their café. Young Carers who hold a valid I.D. card can also access a six month free membership at their local leisure centre via the Passport to Leisure scheme.

FAQs about the YCID https://carers.org/downloads/wales-pdfs/faq-ycid-english.pdf

Applying for a Young Carer Card

Before applying for a Young Carer Card, please read the terms and conditions and information below.

Terms and conditions

  • The Young Carer Card is provided to unpaid Carers age 18 and under who live in Pembrokeshire.
  • Pembrokeshire County Council/ Action for Children may occasionally ask the Young Carer or parent/ guardian to provide information or evidence of the Young Carer’s caring role, such as a letter from a doctor, school or other appropriate supporting evidence.
  • The Young Carer Card is valid for 2 years from the date of issue. It is the parent/ guardian’s or Young Carer’s responsibility to apply to renew the card.
  • Use of the card is subject to these terms and conditions.
  • If a Young Carer’s caring role has ended, the parent/ guardian or Young Carer must notify Pembrokeshire County council/Action for Children of the change. The Young Carer may carry on using the card for a further 3 months then the card must be returned to Pembrokeshire County council/Action for Children
  • Young Carer Cards are issued with photographic identification and an expiry date. The Young Carer Card is used for identification purposes and should only be used by the card holder in conjunction with any discount or service offered.
  • Pembrokeshire County council/Action for Children reserve the right to change the appearance and conditions of the Young Carer Card or withdraw the Young Carer Card scheme at any time.
  • If the Young Carer Card is lost or misplaced, please contact Pembrokeshire County council/Action for Children and a replacement card can be issued. There may be a small charge for issuing replacement cards.
  • Pembrokeshire County council/Action for Children reserve the right to change the terms and conditions of this agreement at any time. If we do so, we will notify you in writing at least 30 days before making any such changes, providing details of the changes made.

Card Options

You can choose the background image on the card from the 6 set images below or you can send your own background image to be used on the card. Please note your choice in the form below.

Providing your own image (Guidelines)

You will need to send us your own image for your identity card, please provide a good quality photo (head & shoulders) of yourself to be used on the card. The picture can be taken on a phone or other device.

You can email a photo to: lisa.mansell@actionforchildren.org.uk or post to: Pembrokeshire Young Carers service, Unit 5 Merlin’s Court, Winch lane, Haverfordwest, SA61 1SB

If posting a photo, please write your name and date of birth on the back of the photo.

The photo should:

  • be a recent colour photo
  • be of you alone (no other people or pets)
  • be taken against a pale background
  • show you facing forwards with your head and shoulders in the photograph show your full face
  • show you in the centre of the photograph
  • if you wear glasses, show your eyes clearly and avoid glare on the lenses

Please be aware of the following restrictions:

  • do not wear a hat or head cover unless for medical or religious reasons
  • do not do not submit a photo with red eye
  • do not submit a photo where you are in the distance or there are other people visible
  • do not submit inappropriate or obscene images
  • do not submit a photo in which you have edited to altered your appearance or which has had a filter applied to it
  • do not submit an image of someone else or copyright protected images

Please use the form below to apply for a Young Carers ID card. Once you have completed the form you will need to send a passport style photo (head and shoulders) and an address to send the card to to lisa.mansell@actionforchildren.org.uk this will complete your application.