Young Carers in Schools

With an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK it is likely that each secondary school will have 1 in 12 pupils who will have caring responsibilities.

carers-high-res-076Why do young carers need support in school? 

  • In a survey, 39% of Young Carers said that nobody in their school was aware of their caring role.
  • A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).
  • 1 in 20 miss school due to their caring role.
  • It can affect a young person’s health, social life and self-confidence.
  • Many young carers struggle to juggle their education and caring which can cause pressure and stress.
  • 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 Bs and nine Cs.
  • The sooner Young Carers are identified and offered support the better opportunity to deal with any negative outcomes regarding their education, health etc.
  • Supported Young Carers are less likely to impact on their education.

Trafford Carers Centre has two dedicated Young Carer Casework Navigators to help your support young carers in your school.

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