Many children and young people who are caring for someone in their family do not see themselves as young carers. Sometimes they have grown up with their caring role and it seems normal to them, for others it is because they do not want to be seen as different or singled out from their peers and stigmatised or judged.
Identifying young carers
Social workers and professionals within an education setting such as teachers or support staff have been widely recognised as the people who are potentially most likely to identify hidden young carers.
In school, young carers often present as mature for their age with no or few peer relationships.
Some indicators that a young person may be a young carer are:
- They are often late or miss school for no apparent reason, often with parental permission
- They may be underachieving at school or struggling to keep up with homework, often handing in work late or of poor quality
- They can present as being tired or withdrawn or not want to talk about their home life
- Have difficulty in taking part in after schools clubs or outside activities
- Are often isolated from their peers or a victim or bullying
- Express anxiety or concern over someone at home (the person they care for)
- Have behavioural problems or have difficulty concentrating.
Teachers, tutors or support staff can help young carers and young adult carers self identify by checking if they are caring for a family member. These children and young people may be undertaking emotional or practical tasks within their families that involve supporting an adult or sibling, undertaking household tasks, shopping, dealing with finances, and looking after younger siblings because the person they care for is unable to. With support a young carer can achieve in school or college and fulfil their potential.
Professionals who work with adults with a disability or illness play an important role in supporting and identifying young carers by simply asking the adult they are working with if there is a child who is caring for them at home.
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Telephone 01902 877550
Post Dudley Young Carers Spurgeons
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Meet the Team
Children’s Services Lead
Angie is the Children Services Lead who manages both Wolverhampton and Dudley Young Carers. She likes to come along to groups and activities to meet as many young people as she can. When she is not at work she enjoys playing tennis, reading and watching Marvel films.
Liam likes being out and about with the young carers and loves going on all the trips as much as the young people do. Liam is a big child at heart and is a great listener and will happily snack away on chocolate.
Jan is the loud one who is stuck in a 70s funk time warp, she loves her music and dance. She is a great listener and always happy to chat and teach dance routines.
Emma is a yummy mummy who loves to do lots of cooking, but also likes to get her hands dirty with the arts and crafts, nail art and beauty. A girl’s best friend.
What can we say, Cody loves chilling at home watching Disney or Marvel films and cooking for anyone willing to try her food. She loves playing and messing around with her computer and is always on hand when someone has a technology relates question.
Casual Support Worker
Dish look’s like one of the kids but has a voice louder than 30 of them. She is honest, friendly and will go above and beyond for you. Shoes, shoes, shoes is one of her hobbies and she has over 130 pairs.
Casual Support Worker
Dave is a firm favourite among the young people at Young Carers for his fun loving and childlike (not childish!) personality. Dave loves football and is an exceptional artist, he is also the front man of a band. Easy going and laid back, that’s Dave!
Casual Support Worker
Ed has a passion for supporting and giving all young carers the best opportunity in life. Coming from a caring background himself, he knows how it can sometimes feel being a young carer always has a spare ear to listen. In his spare time he loves going to watch the best team in the world - you guessed it, Aston Villa! He holds a season ticket and never misses a home game.
Ken is lovely. He is always on hand to help, listen and talk too. Ken likes to get stuck into all of the activities at Young Carers. An all round good sport - anything sporty call on Ken.
Katie is a lovely young lady who has just started going to university to study to become a children’s nurse. Katie is creative and sporty with a passion for swimming and cycling.
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