Young Carers

Young Carers

At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy we are a young carer friendly school and recognise the difficulties our young carers may experience with their attendance, attainment and their general well-being.

Who are young carers?

Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

A young carer may undertake some or all of the following:

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
  • Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
  • Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
  • Administering medication.
  • Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
  • Emotional support.
  • Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family’s first language.

We run regular young carers support groups twice every half term – one being a pizza lunch – which is very popular. The meetings provide our young carers with a place where they can relax and communicate with other students who are in a similar situation to themselves. We go on a trip each year, which the students love to organise, and they choose where they would like to go.

  • We have a member of staff, Miss J Lilley, who has the responsibility for young carers and will let all new students know what we can do to help. We can provide students with confidential support and advice through our school mentoring programme and we allow young carers to telephone home during break and lunch-times. Staff are also aware of who our young carers are in the Academy.

If you think your child is a young carer, please contact Miss J Lilley, Young Carers Lead: jll@srpa.co.uk

Links to websites

Carers Trust

Lincolnshire County Council

Family Services Directory 


 “It’s good because I’m happy to know that some of my friends are young carers.”

Y7 Young Carer

“I am proud to be a young carer as it shows my love for my parents and how much I care.”

Y8 Young Carer

“I like being a young carer because you can have encouragement at school by the young carers group.”

Y9 Young Carer

“No problem is too big or small and teachers will listen help and understand.”

Y10 Young Carer