A young carer is a child who regularly helps to look after a family member who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or an addiction problem.
Children may engage in:
● Practical tasks (cooking, housework or shopping)
● Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
● Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
● Managing medication, collecting prescriptions
● Looking after younger siblings
● Helping someone communicate
For some young carers, school can be a place where they can forget about their caring roles but also somewhere where they feel people may not understand what life is like for them at home.
At George Spicer, we are aware that some children have these responsibilities and we are here to support them with the help of DAZU, a charity that supports young carers. Dazu can provide counselling sessions at school for young carers.
We run a regular peer support group for young carers at George Spicer. We also have regular drop-in sessions and offer homework support.
If you would like to speak to somebody about how we can support your child, please contact Jenny Masini, Young Carers Lead or Angela Eberle, Deputy Head teacher and Senior Lead for Young Carers. All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence. For further support please click on the links below;