In our federation, we know that many of our children are young carers.
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or has other difficulties that may affect their health and ability to look after themselves properly.
What might a young carer do?
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up
- It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
- Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
- In a survey, 39% said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
- 26% have been bullied at school because of their caring role.
- 1 in 20 miss school because of their caring role.
But young people can learn lots of useful skills by being a young carer.
You can find more information by looking at this website https://carers.org/about-us/about-young-carers
These websites may also be useful
Mrs Thompson and Mrs Ponder oversee the young carers in our federation. They took over from Mrs A Thompson, our PSA who left in the Autumn term. Due to the pandemic, we haven’t had any meetings in person, but they are working on ways to support young carers in our federation. They will make sure our Young Carers know they can talk to them, and to any other adults as we all appreciate that it can be hard for young carers.
If your child is a Young Carer or you would like some help or advice, please do contact us.
Support for young carers | Action for Children
Taking a break. We provide regular breaks, access to fun activities and opportunities to meet other young people in the same circumstances. Most importantly, we relieve provide relief from responsibilities for a while to allow our carers to enjoy being a child. www.actionforchildren.org.uk
Being a young carer: your rights – NHS
You’re a young carer if you’re under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you’re a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister. You may do extra jobs in and around the … www.nhs.uk