Young Carers

Young Carers at Canon Johnson CE Primary School

Here at Canon Johnson we offer support to our young carers.

A Young Carer is a child or young person who, without payment, provides help and support to a parent, sibling or other family member, who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

They take on practical and emotional tasks that normally would be undertaken by an adult. The tasks and level of caring undertaken by a young carer can vary, according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of care required and the structure of the family unit.

A young person may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate

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 Canon Johnson we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively. Here at the school we have a dedicated Young Carers lead, Mr Keaney, who can support you and your children. Please contact the school to speak to him and find out what services are available for children who are Young Carers.

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