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
- Low self-esteem
Therefore, it is extremely important that we support our Young Carers in any way that they may need.
Young Carers Lead
Mrs Lynn Whitehead-Lewis is our Young Carers lead and she directly supports our group of Young Carers. They meet weekly on a Friday after school and do all sorts of fun activities. There is also time set aside in case a Young Carer needs to talk in confidence. If you think you or anyone you know is a Young Carer at Catchgate School please speak to Lynn or Mrs Shaw, who can help.
To show our appreciation to our Young Carers and as a thank you for all they do at school ,and at home, we like to treat them in school or take them out to different places throughout the year.
Take a look at all the fun things our Young Carers do....
LSE University Young Carers Focus Group
Young Carers Policy