At St Margaret Clitherow’s we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.
Children may engage in:
- Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
- Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
- Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
- Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions
- Managing medication
- Looking after younger siblings
- Helping someone communicate
We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At our school we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified and supported effectively.
St Margaret Clitherow’s Young Carers’ Lead is Becky Gaynon Johnson and she has responsibility for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress. If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we have highlighted please contact Becky on 01642 835370 or 07934 298960.
Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your consent.