Who 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.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At St Paul’s C of E Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

What do Young Carers do?

Young Carers may help with or do things like:

  • Cooking
  • Cleaning
  • Shopping
  • Preparing medicine
  • Looking after siblings
  • Managing money
  • Providing personal care
  • providing emotional support