Do you think your child could be a Young Carer?
At Audley, we are committed to supporting all children and ensuring their time in school is one where they learn and grow into well rounded individuals with a good sense of wellbeing. We recognise that many of our children take on additional roles and responsibilities that may impact on this wellbeing.
A young carer is someone under 18 who may be caring for a family member who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.
Young Carers 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
We know that Young Carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At Audley, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are Young Carers are identified, and supported effectively with their wellbeing.
If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted, please contact the school office to make an appointment to speak or meet directly with a member of our Wellbeing Team.
You could also visit the Surrey Young Carers website for further information.
Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.