A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who helps to look after a parent or sibling who has a condition, such as a disability or an illness. It often involves doing jobs around the home like extra cooking or cleaning, however it also involves giving a lot of emotional support. Assuming such duties at home can add a significant barrier to a young child's ability to learn at a normal rate. If you think that your child may be a young carer of any description no matter how small, please do contact Mr Paton (Headteacher) immeidately to discuss this in confidence.
The law has changed to protect young carers. From April 2015 a social worker from the local authority must visit the home to undertake a “young carers needs assessment” to decide what kind of help they or the family may need.
You can call the Carers Direct helpline 0300 123 1053 for more details. They will happily assist.