Supporting our Young Carers in School:
What is a young carer?
“Young carers are children or young people under the age of 18 who provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.”
One in twelve children and teenagers are looking after someone - but many are too embarrassed or afraid to come forward to ask for help, or, having been a carer for so long, they haven't recognised what they do.
Half of all young carers provide up to 10 hours of care a week, while many others are caring for more than 50 hours a week. It’s not surprising that young carers often struggle to fit in other activities like school work, playing sport or meeting up with friends.
Is your child a young carer?
Young carers look after family members or friends, living in the same house or elsewhere. They may be providing a variety of help, ranging from practical assistance with cooking or cleaning to personal care such as helping with washing, dressing and lifting, and emotional and supervisory support - amongst other things.
How can Surrey Young Carers help?
- Giving your child information, advice and guidance - in person, online, and in print
- Giving your child someone to talk to
- Talking to others on behalf of your child, to support your child as a carer
- Providing activities for 'downtime', fun, and a chance for your child to talk to others and make new friends
- Supporting your child with problems at school or college, or in making plans for the future
How to get in touch
|Website||https://www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk/ - to access the SYC referral form.|
How the school can help
We can help you complete a Young Carer assessment form for the referral to Surrey Young Carers. Contact me via the school office or email: firstname.lastname@example.org