Young Carer

At Whitchurch High School we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

Children may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate

Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At Whitchurch High we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

We can offer additional pastoral support, small group workshops and access to opportunities outside school. We link up with YMCA Young Carers and Action for Children Young Carers to offer our pupils more support both within school and outside of school.

At Whitchurch High School we have two lead professionals, Lisa Price (Lower school) and Peter Morgan (Upper School),  who have responsibility for ensuring all vulnerable learners able to enjoy school and make good progress.

If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted above, please let us know by speaking to your child's Learning Leader or please contact the school on 02920 629700 and ask to speak with the relevant Learning Leader.

Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge or consent.

Click Here to be directed to the YMCA Carers webpage for additionsl support.

Click Here to access the Family Gateway or contact them on 03000 133 133.