Young carers may face a number of obstacles to academic progress as a result of their caring duties
Responsibilities at home may make it difficult for young carers to complete homework, to get to school regularly or on time or to concentrate in class.
In addition to this, many young carers report experiencing high levels of anxiety, stress, social isolation and exhaustion. It’s important that schools know their young carers, so that they can take the necessary measures to help them overcome these challenges.
As a charity, MYTIME takes an educational approach to its work with young carers. We strongly believe that knowledge is power, so we work to educate school staff and students alike about the challenges that young carers often face, and about the pivotal role that school communities have to play in supporting these remarkable young people.
Because many of the MYTIME team have a background in teaching or education, we understand that every school is different. That's why the support we offer is individually tailored to each unique, educational setting in which we work.
Identifying young carers
There is currently no specific set of measures which schools are advised to use to identify young carers, although indicators could include:
No Participation In
Signs Of Neglect, Not Having
Food or Clean Uniform
Tiredness or Fatigue with no energy
Refusal To Stay For Detentions
Or After School Activities
If you have identified a child who you think is a young carer, then it's important to inform the other agencies who might be able to provide support for that child. MYTIME Young Carers will support any young carer referred to them by a professional, whether that child is registered as a young carer with their local authority or not.
However, we encourage school staff to register young carers with the council too if you believe that they meet the criteria. Please ensure that you have parental permission before applying to register them.
Young carers may face a number of obstacles to academic progress as a result of their caring duties.
a young carer
In England, young carers have the legal right to be assessed by the local authority they live in.
View our case studies below to learn more about our work in schools: