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Young carers support in Surrey

Published: 29 July 2019

Surrey schools praised for supporting young carers

Did you know that within every school class in Surrey there are on average three to five young carers? The responsibility of a young carer can have significant impact on their wellbeing, especially if they're not identified as a young carer and given the right support.

Who is a young carer?

A young carer is someone under the age of 18 who looks after family members or friends, living in the same house or elsewhere. They can offer a range of support from practical assistance with cooking or cleaning to emotional support. Young carers are at risk of falling behind on their work, not meeting their potential and could be bullied. But the good news is our schools are working hard to help identify young carers and offer them the support and care they need.

Support in Surrey schools

The Surrey Young Carers charity works closely with schools to support young carers. A number of schools have been awarded an Angel Award which recognises the positive work they have been doing with Young Carers. Many other schools are also working to support young carers and hope to receive awards over the coming months.

The schools* were praised for their one-to-one support, guidance, drop-in sessions and carers champion scheme they offer young people looking after a family member.

Many young carers are too embarrassed or afraid to ask for help, or have been a carer for so long, they don't identify themselves as a carer. Schools use a range of resources to help staff identify young carers, and to help young carers self-identify to get the right level of support.

Where to get local support

There's lots of support outside of school which is available all year round. If you're a young carer, or know a young person who you think might be looking after someone, support is available through Surrey Young Carers – contact them on 01483 568269, visit the Surrey Young Carers website or speak to your GP.

* Bishop Wand, Sunbury; Woking High, Woking; George Abbott, Guildford; Potters Gate, Farnham; William Cobbett, Farnham; Burpham Primary, Burpham; Holy Trinity Pewley Down Juniors, Guildford

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