A Young Carer is someone aged under 18 who helps to look after a relative who has a condition such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. It doesn’t always have to be their parent/carer. Young carers may also take on emotional and/or emotional caring responsibilities for a brother or sister, a grandparent or another person who has an illness or disability.
Research suggests that there are two or three Young Carers in every classroom, however many students do not realise they are a Young Carer.
At Saffron Walden County High School, we work closely with Essex Young Carers, to refer students to their services and to help support them in school. We offer a designated member of staff to speak to at any time, access to the school counsellor, peer-mentoring, weekly group sessions with a trained member of staff. We can also provide bespoke provision to support young carers, as and when necessary.
If you feel you, or your child, would like further information about Young Carers, or if you think your child is eligible for the support, to lease contact Alice Thacker at firstname.lastname@example.org