Young Carers

Here at All Saints Catholic College we offer support to our young carers.

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who provides help and support, without payment, to a parent, sibling or other family member who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem who could not manage without their help.

They take on practical and emotional tasks that normally would be undertaken by an adult. The tasks and level of caring undertaken by a young carer can vary, according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of care required and the structure of the family unit.


A young person 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


Following a survey in 2010, the BBC estimated that there are 700,000 young carers across the UK.


We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At All Saints we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.


Young Carers Links