The Youth Wellbeing Directory from the Anna Freud Centre
(Featured resource)The Youth Wellbeing Directory is an online directory of organisations that support young people with a wide range of mental health and wellbeing issues. You can search by postcode or keywords, and quickly find the details of local organisations and services that can support the needs of young people and families.
Young Carers Awareness Day 2019 resources from Carers Trust
(Featured resource)Great resources and links from Carers Trust for Young Carers Awareness Day 2019.
About Young Carers
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, ot a friend, who is ill, disabled or misus drugs or alcohol. This webpage from the Carers Trust aims to inform people about young carers including how many young carers there are and what young carers do.
Young Carers’ Experiences in Education
Young carers are a particularly vulnerable group of pupils, specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s evaluation inspection schedule. Often, these young people are caring for relatives without their teachers’ knowledge, yet if unidentified and unsupported, their caring roles can seriously affect their future wellbeing, life chances and levels of aspiration.
Children who take on carer responsibilities for parents, siblings or for another extended family member are known as young carers. They can end up taking on this role for a range of reasons – perhaps because a parent/carer has physical or mental health needs or because they are reliant on substances. Many young carers have trouble juggling school and home responsibilities. They may experience more stress, anxiety, low self-esteem/depression, eating/sleeping problems and self-harm than other children. This webpage covers spotting the signs and what schools can do.