A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.
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.
Greensted Junior School’s Whole School Commitment
You can contact Mrs Rowe, the Young Carer Lead at Greensted Junior School, at email@example.com