8 June – Young Carer's Week
Did you know that there is estimated to be around 700,000 Young carers in England, and as this week is carer’s week, we want to celebrate all of our young carers that do an amazing job caring for someone in their family.
Carers Trust (Website) research found that:
- 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Cs and nine Ds (Children's Society, 2013).
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).
Therefore schools need to ensure that they know who their young carers are and look at what support they can put in place to ensure they are given the best opportunities for their education.
There are a number of different ways we can support our Young carers when they are in school including, referrals to specialist groups, the Young Carers in School Award and identifying them as someone who may need a bit of extra support and understanding.
Please find a list of links below of local Young Carer’s groups and links to resource that can be used in school to support your pupils:
- Young Carers in School Programme run by the Children’s Society - Website
- Westbank Young Carers - Website
- Devon Young Carers - Website
- Unite Mid Devon Young Carers - Website
- Cornwall Young Carers - Website