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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.

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 

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