Caring Kids (St Michael’s CE Primary Young Carer’s Group) was created in 2016 to recognise and support the Young Carers of our school. These children provide a vital service to their families and as a school we understand that this can affect their emotional, social and academic wellbeing. The group is run by Mrs Graham and Mrs Chatfield and they meet approximately once a month. They aim to provide emotional support in a fun environment.
St Michael’s CE Primary consider a Young Carer as any child who regularly looks after a family member who has an illness, disability, mental illness or addiction. This person may be a sibling, a parent or a member of their extended family.
The type of tasks undertaken by Young Carers can vary, but a Young Carer may do some 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 or 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 hearing impairment or because English is not the family’s first language.