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Carers Week - 13th to 19th October, 2013

Monday, 14 October 2013 Posted in Welfare

What is a Young Carer?

Carers Week - 13th to 19th October, 2013

This week is Carers Week. To recognise Carers Week we raise the questions: What is a young carer? And, what happens?

Young carers are young people up to 25 years of age, who may help care for a parent, a sibling, a child or a grandparent, or even other relatives or a friend who have:

  • an illness
  • a disability
  • a mental illness
  • an alcohol or other drug problem

Does the young person help out with:

  • cleaning or cooking
  • getting the person around the house
  • taking the person to medical appointments
  • giving medicines
  • washing and dressing
  • even just making sure the person is feeling okay

Then the young person may be a young carer.

Young carers are often a hidden group of young people. In Victoria there are an estimated 104,700 children and young people with caring responsibilities.

People who care for a family member or friend say there are many rewards:

  • The opportunity for personal growth and the development of new skills
  • Proving to yourself that you can meet new challenges
  • The satisfaction of knowing you have you have helped someone who needs you and done the best you could to improve their quality of life
  • Strengthening the relationship with the person you care for and knowing how much they appreciate your help
  • Receiving the acknowledgement of your family and friends

Young carers may need additional support to maintain their schooling. Possible ways schools can help young carers are:

  • being aware of young carers and the supports available to them
  • offering flexible study arrangements
  • providing a quiet place where the young carer can talk
  • being respectful of young carers wishes and keeping information confidential
  • allowing the young carer to call home during the day
  • addressing any bullying or harassment issues
  • providing extra support when needed e.g. catch up lessons, referrals to support agencies in consultation with the young carer and their family
  • developing an educational support plan
  • challenging the myths and stigma often associated with disability and mental health issues

Information adapted from:

If your child is, or you are a Young Carer, please consider contacting the Wellbeing Team, Home-Group Teacher, or Year Level Coordinator at School.

For further information and support you may like to contact the Carer Advisory Line on 1800 242 636 (weekdays 8:30am to 4:30pm).

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