Young Carers

Young Carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities for a family member due to illness, disability, mental health problems or an addiction. The tasks undertaken can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

  • A Young Carer may do some or all of the following:
  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Administering medication.
  • Looking after younger siblings.
  • Emotional support.
  • Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family’s first language.

Some Young Carers may undertake high levels of care, whereas for others it may be frequent low levels of care. Either can impact heavily on a child or young person.

At Penrice Academy we support Young Carers in a variety of ways. The Academy’s Young Carers Policy confirms that we understand the issues of students who have a caring role within the family.

Mrs Gouldsmith is the Designated Link for Young Carers and she liaises with relevant staff, family and other outside agencies to provide help and support where required. Where appropriate, Penrice Young Carers are referred to Kernow Young Carers to enable additional support for the student outside of school.

Every Thursday morning break and lunchtime, in the Chalet by the Student & Family Centre, a Young Carer Drop In is held for all Young Carers to provide additional support within school. There is also a Notice Board in the main corridor to provide additional information for Penrice Young Carers.Young Carer Award_2016_bronze

Pictured: Some of our Young Carers with Mrs Gouldsmith and Lizz Digweed.

Logo: Designed by Jenny in Year 10, digital logo by Luke Matthews, Illustrator. 

If you would like more information on Penrice Young Carers, please contact Mrs Gouldsmith on 01726 72163 ext 256.

If you would like more information on Kernow Young Carers, please contact Liz Digweed on 0783 400 6454 or click here.

In April 2016, we became the first school in Cornwall to receive the Bronze award for their work in ensuring that Young Carers don’t miss out on education. Read the full story here.

If you’d like to read more about the life of Young Carers in Cornwall, you can read a blog from Cornwall blogger Olivia, called The Odd Pigeon. Read her interview with Action for Children here.

Resources to download

U30 Young Carers Policy