The term Young Carer applies to anyone aged under eighteen whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of a person on a regular basis. They may be the main Carer, or provide partial care for an adult or sibling. The person being Cared–for may have a long-term illness, a physical or sensory impairment, learning difficulties, mental illness or be affected by alcohol / substance misuse.
Young Carers are a vulnerable and disadvantaged group who can experience difficulties in their education. Without support Young Carers often struggle to attend school and can find progressing academically difficult; not reaching their full potential.
Our Secondary School Service can provide;
- One-to-one support sessions in school giving Young Carers the opportunity to talk confidentially to somebody who understands
- Practical support such as providing support in meetings with teachers to explain why, for example, they have fallen behind with their homework
- Informal drop-in groups where Young Carers can meet others in the same situation and access information and advice
- Information on how to access Respite Clubs in the local area where Young Carers can meet other young people in the same situation
- Raising awareness of Young Carers to both staff and students through PSHE lessons, assemblies and Teacher Training