Here at Yew Tree Primary school we are dedicated to understanding the needs of the young carer. We have a designated lead Dawn Barber who will identify and support the young carer, to ensure the right support is in place so they can enjoy school and work to their full potential.
What is a young carer?
A 'young carer' is the term used for children and young adults who have informal caring responsibilities, often for a family member.
A 'young carer' is a person under the age of 18 who provides care for another person.
A 'young Carer' may undertake some or all of the following;
Practical tasks - such as cooking, housework, shopping
Physical care - such as lifting, helping up the stairs and physiotherapy
Personal care - such as dressing, washing and helping someone go to the toilet
Emotional support - such as listening, calming someone and being there for someone.
Household management - such as paying the bills managing finances and collecting benefits
Looking after siblings - such as putting to bed and walking to school
Interpreting for parents - with hearing or speech impediments or language barriers.
Administering medication - such as insulin needles and preparing tablets.
Many young carers remain hidden but from the 2011 Census in England there were 166,363 young carers aged under 18 years old.
If left unsupported young carers can take on responsibilities that will have a lasting effect on their health and well being, friendships and life opportunities.