Young Carers – Students

Supporting Young Carers at LHS

How can we help? 

A young carer is someone aged 18 and under who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support.

What might a young carer do?

  • Practical tasks, like cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
  • Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after brothers and sisters.

Being a young carer can have a big impact on the things that are important to growing up

  • Young carers are already likely to have significantly lower educational attainment than their peers.
  • With the added complications of COVID-19, young carers have missed out on even more school than before and urgent support is needed if they are not to be left behind their peers.
  • Caring can also be an isolating experience but having the right support in place can give young carers a better chance of succeeding in all parts of their lives.

Get support as a young Carer

If you are a young carer and need support, please let us know by completing the form below. A member of staff will then be in touch to let you know what support we can offer and discuss the next steps depending on what you would like.