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Young carers at St Bede's

A young carer is someone aged up to 18 years, who has an unpaid caring role for a family member or friend, usually someone with a disability or a long-term health problem (including mental illness, or a drug or alcohol addiction). Young carers may help out in a number of different ways and often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Although many young carers cope well, around a third experience difficulties which can impact on their education. These may include getting to school, concentrating in lessons, meeting schoolwork deadlines, and completing assignments. Over time, this can have a considerable impact upon their ability to achieve qualifications and to move into further education and careers.

St Bede’s supports young carers, who may be identified via self or parent referral. If you think that your child, or any child at St Bede’s is a young carer, please let us know and we can offer support. One in twelve young person is a carer, so they are not alone.

Examples of type of support in place at St Bede’s:

  • Talking to a teacher at St Bede’s who will listen and act as an ‘advocate’ in school;
  • The possibility to speak to our school counsellor;
  • Young Carers fortnightly lunchtime support group, which would be a chance to meet other students in a similar situation;

Angela Clark, one of our chaplains, is the lead in this area and liaises with ‘Surrey Young Carers’, who may be able to provide additional support out of school.

To contact Angela, please email acl@st-bedes.surrey.sch.uk or phone the school.

Surrey Young Carers (SYC) is a charitable service working across the county to support young carers. Surrey Young Carers employ education advisers who can go into school and talk with young carers. SYC also works with schools to help them support young carers, and can offer school assemblies and teacher training to raise awareness of the issues facing young carers regarding their education. SYC takes referrals and can work with young carers to give them some respite from their caring role. This may be days out, trips and activities. They also offer small groups and workshops to help address particular issues. All of these give young carers the chance to meet other young people in a similar situation.

For more information on Surrey Young Carers please call 01483 568269 or visit www.surrey-youngcarers.org.uk.

Other useful websites for support are http://fixers.org.uk and http://www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents/worried_about_your_child/young_carers/about_young_carers