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Young Carers

Young Carers Leaders at Haydon Abbey
Mrs Lynette Williamson
Mrs Silka Pawelczyk

What is a Young Carer?


A Young carer is: - 

  • between the ages of 5-16 years old
  • cares for a family member within the home (parent/sibling/other relative)


The young person cares for someone with at least one of the following:

  • a physical disability (including sensory impairment)
  • a learning disability
  • a long-term illness, with clear diagnosis
  • a terminal illness
  • a mental illness, with clear diagnosis
  • drug or alcohol dependency
  • or who is elderly


Their caring role has a direct impact upon or affects at least one of the following:

  • social inclusion
  • educational opportunities and achievement
  • their emotional wellbeing
  • their physical wellbeing
  • family relationships


How To Identify A Young Carer


Each young carer is unique however there may be some identifying features which may bring caring responsibilities to the attention of professionals.

  • Anxiety or concern over a relative
  • A need or desire to be in regular contact with home
  • Regularly late to school or absent
  • Secretive about their home life
  • Often tired, distracted withdrawn or anxious
  • Low self esteem and self confidence
  • Poor relationship with peers, can be isolated or a victim of bullying
  • May take on a caring role for others
  • May demonstrate confidence when interacting with adults
  • Outbursts or amplified responses


YC Trip to Climb Quest in MK & Thomley Hall

And an assembly led by Laura Troll from Carers Bucks as part of Young Carers awareness