Young Carers

Is your child a Young Carer?

A Young Carer is a child or young person who is responsible for caring on a regular basis for a parent or sibling who has an illness or disability. A Young Carer will take on additional responsibilities to other children and will often be providing the main care for a family member while they can’t.  This may include domestic activities, household and financial management and emotional care. They may also have to learn how to nurse them or look after their personal needs like bathing and dressing. Because of these additional responsibilities, a Young Carer may experience poor attendance or lateness, under achievement, anxiety, tiredness, behaviour problems, difficulties in completing homework and even bullying. It can be difficult for other children to understand the responsibilities of a Young Carer and why they may not have as much free time.

As a school we are committed to meeting the needs of Young Carers within our school, ensuring that this vulnerable group of young people are enabled and encouraged to attend and enjoy school and have equal access to their education as their peers, promoting a culture of high expectations and aspirations for how Young Carers learn.

Many children cope well with caring, especially if they have support from other family members, but they also have the right to be cared for and looked after. There is a lot of support available within our local communities for children in a caring role. If you would like to know what is available then contact one of the services below. When you get in touch, they will be able to offer you a Young Carers Assessment to let you know what kind of support is available, what activities are happening and also find out what would be helpful for you.

To support Young Carers within school we run a weekly lunchtime group. It is a safe space to come and talk, get support and participate in activities. We know lots of Young Carers don't feel that they need or deserve help, or feel that it seems attention seeking, but the group is a place in school that is just for them and to offer support, a quiet room, or just a friendly ear and face.

If there are any children at St Philomena’s with caring responsibilities please contact your daughter’s Head of Year or contact the school’s Parent Champion, Jane Wise on 020 8642 2025.

 

Local Services:

Sutton support: https://www.suttoncarerscentre.org/young-carers-services

Croydon support: https://www.talkofftherecord.org/croydon/young-carers-service/

Merton Support: https://www.csmerton.org/

 

Additional Support:

NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/social-care-and-support-guide/support-and-benefits-for-carers/being-a-young-carer-your-rights/

UCAS University application Young carer Support: https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/finance-and-support/individual-needs/young-adult-carers

Childline: www.childline.org.uk  Free 24-hour helpline for children and young people in the UK

Lawstuff Children's Legal Centre: www.lawstuff.org.uk Information about young people's legal rights

Young Minds: www.youngminds.org.uk National charity improving the mental health of children

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey

SM5 3PS

T: 020 8642 2025

 

For general enquiries please mail:

enquiries@stphils.org.uk

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