Young Carers

At Exwick Heights we take the role of young carers very seriously and aim to provide them with additional support when needed. We have a young carer champion that you can contact to discuss if you think you or your child maybe a young carer, this is Jenny Dell (SENDCO/level 3 trained) or Louise Phillips (Family Support Adviser/Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead). 

Who are young Carers?

A young carer is anyone under 18 that provides unpaid care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health condition or an addition.

A young carer is a young person, up to the age of 18, whose educational, health, social or emotional development may be affected by their caring responsibilities in the family

Young people have a right to their childhood and the opportunities for educational, health, social and emotional development that go with it

As many as 1 in 12 pupils in the UK could be a young carer. That’s the equivalent to 2 in every class

These are your rights

As a young carer you have the right to be supported and get the help you may need. You have these rights whether you look after someone everyday or from time to time, or if you do a lot or a little caring.

You shouldn’t be doing a caring role that:

  • Makes you feel worried, sad or lonely

  • Makes your health worse

  • Means that you miss out on time with your friends

  • Means you do worse at school

  • Stops you wanting to achieve your goals in the future

If you think you or your child maybe a young carer please come and talk to Mrs Dell or Mrs Phillips.

Useful Links:

Devonyoungcarers.org.uk

Westbank.org.uk/support-for-young-carers

babble.carers.org

carers.org – 08448004361