Is your child a Young Carer?
Who are Young Carers?
Young Carers are aged between 5-15 years old and care for any family member of any age, due to disability, mental illness, chronic/terminal illness or problems relating to substance misuse.
What Do Young Carers Do?
Young Carers are often responsible for many tasks in the home including:
• Domestic activities, e.g. cleaning, laundry and ironing
• Household management, e.g. food shopping, cooking, lifting and carrying
• Financial & practical management, e.g. withdrawing cash and paying bills
• Personal care, e.g. washing, bathing and administrating medication
• Emotional care
• Sibling care
What issues do Young Carers Face?
Young cares often do not have the opportunity to be children because of their caring role.
This can result in:
• Low level of confidence and self-esteem
• Poor educational attainment
• Social isolation and difficulty making and maintaining friendships
• High levels of guilt, stress and anxiety
• Mental and physical health issues
What can PKAVS Young Carers do for you?
PKAVS Carers Hub looks to provide increased opportunities for Young Carers to be children first, carers second. The team support Young Carers with their social, emotional needs through:
Residential’s and day trips
During school holidays, Young Carers have the opportunity to take time out from their caring role, meeting other carers and have fun
Groups nights run during term time and include arts & crafts. Movie and games nights
Information, advice and advocacy
What happens next?
If you think your child is a Young Carer, or you know someone who is please contact:
The School Office (Mrs McCulloch is our young carers champion)
PKAVS Carers Hub
Tel: 01738 567079