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6-10 June 2016 is National Carers week
National Carers week offers a chance to reflect on those with caring responsibilities in our schools, colleges and organisations and how we can provide support to help them, whether they are staff or students. A survey carried out in 2010 by the BBC estimated that there are 700,000 young carers in the UK, and it is estimated that there are more than 10,000 in Essex. Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Some of the ways young people care for someone are:
- Staying in the house a lot to be there for them
- Helping them to get up, get washed / dressed, or helping with toileting
- Doing lots of the household chores like shopping, cleaning and cooking
- Looking after younger brothers and sisters
- Providing emotional support or a shoulder to cry on
It is a concern to us that research shows that:
- 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level - the difference between nine Bs and nine Cs (The Children's Society, 2013).
- They are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19 (The Children's Society, 2013).
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring roles (Carers Trust, 2013).
These YouTube films may provide some inspiration:
In this week, we all need to reflect on what we can do to help.
Further help and information can be found:
Carers of those calling on behalf of the carer can call 03007708090 (Monday to Friday 9am-4:30pm) for information and support, or email firstname.lastname@example.org