Young Carers - Professionals

Most Young Carers manage to maintain a relatively ‘normal’ life, attending school regularly, achieving good results and displaying no obvious signs of being unable to cope.

Evidence shows that Young Carers are more likely to face disadvantage and isolation while not achieving as well as their peers, as a direct result of their caring role. While they can be extremely difficult to identify, or may not consider their role in any way unusual, Young Carers are entitled to the same educational, social and leisure opportunities as their peers.

By providing Young Carers with One to One support, club Nights and Trips and working in partnership with schools and other agencies, Action for Family Carers aims to meet all five areas of Every Child Matters:

Being Healthy We provide all Young Carers with opportunities to have a fulfilling and enjoyable childhood.
     
Staying Safe   We will ensure that all Young Carers and their families feel safe and secure where they play, live and go to school.
     
Enjoying and
Achieving
  We will ensure that our schools and colleges enable all Young Carers to aspire, learn, achieve highly and achieve their full potential and enjoy life.
     
Making a positive contribution   Children and Young People with caring responsibilities are allowed greater choice and control over the services they access.
     
Achieving Economic
Wellbeing
  We will seek to reduce the impact of poverty and the economic downturn on the lives of all Young Carers and their families seeking to improve their life chances.

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