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Young Carers

What is a Young Carer?

 

A young person under 18 years of age who helps to look after a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally ill or has a substance misuse problem. Caring can involve physical or emotional care, or being responsible for someone’s safety and wellbeing. The level of responsibility assumed by a young carer is often inappropriate to their age and beyond the level of simply helping out at home as part of the process of growing up.

 

Young Carers might experience:

  • Being late or absent because of responsibilities at home
  • Concentration problems, anxiety or worry in school
  • Emotional distress
  • Tiredness in school
  • Lack of time for homework
  • Poor attainment
  • Becoming angry or frustrated
  • Isolation-feeling no-one understands
  • Bullying
  • Low self-esteem

 

Therefore, it is extremely important that we support our Young Carers in any way that they may need.