Young carers are children and young people under the age of 18 years, who provide care to another family member who has a physical illness or disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol and the level of care they provide would normally be undertaken by an adult, thus impacting adversely on their childhood.
What sort of problems do young carers face?
- Not being able to concentrate in class
- Feeling tired all the time
- Feeling embarrassed to talk about their caring role
- Feeling worried about the person they care for and what is happening at home
- Not having the time to do homework and finding school life difficult to manage
- Being bullied
- Getting into trouble with teaching staff
- Missing out on spending time with friends