Schools should provide support to young carers. There are different ways that your school can help and offer support. Some schools have groups that young carers can attend. Some schools will make sure your teachers understand what is happening at home. Ask your school what they have in place to support young carers.
Your school should have an identified member of staff who supports young carers. If you aren’t sure who that is, you can ask to speak to someone who works in Pastoral Support.
If your school don’t already know that you are a young carer and you want to talk to them about it, you can ask for some time to talk to someone confidentially. You may want to involve someone from your family in this conversation, but you don’t have to.
As a young carer, you are entitled to an assessment of need. This involves a conversation about your caring role and an exploration of any support that may help you and your family and improve your situation. You can choose who you do your assessment with, as long as they have completed the right training. Ask someone in your school about this if it hasn’t already been mentioned to you.
If you need help talking to your school, you can call North Tyneside Carers’ Centre who have a team of experienced and specialist staff who you can talk to.
Contact The Young Carers’ Service on (0191) 643 2298 or email them here: (CONTACT US MECHANISM
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