Bullying and Young Carers

What makes a young person a Young Carer?

Some children and young people provide regular and on-going care and emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, is disabled or misuses substances, including alcohol. This does not mean the everyday and occasional help around the home that many young people are often expected to give within families. The key feature of being a 'young carer' is that the caring responsibilities continues over time and can make a young carer vulnerable, when the level of care and their responsibility to the person they look after, becomes excessive or inappropriate and risks impacting on emotional or physical wellbeing, educational achievement and life chances.

Young carers often:

  • Help family members to get up, get washed, get dressed or help them with toileting
  • Do lots of household chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking
  • Stay in the house a lot to provide emotional support. Also looking after brothers and sisters
  • Help with lifting, dispensing medication, sorting household bills

This can seriously affect young carers ability to participate fully in school/college life. They often experience poor attendance or constantly being late for school stress and fatigue and an inability to keep up with school work.

Why are young carers bullied?

There may be a number of different reasons why young carers may experience bullying, for example:

  • They may been seen as isolated or different
  • They may be teased or ostracised because of their family's circumstances or problems
  • They may have untidy or unclean clothing or general appearance
  • They may find it harder to make or sustain friendships and so become less confident in social situations
  • They may be withdrawn, depressed or over sensitive

Watch this short video below showing James's story and how he coped with being bullied at school. 

Resources - Young Carers

The Carers Trust offer a wealth of information and advice for Young Carers and those working with them on the Young Carers section of the Carers Trust website. They have also produced a resource for schools on how to support Young Carers which contains a specific chapter on bullying.

Doncaster Young Carers Service supports Young Carers (now in-house within Learning and Opportunities Children and Young People). The Young Carer Service supports young carers to be recognised in their role and to have the same opportunities and life chances as other children and young people of a similar age. For information, advice and guidance please call: 01302 736099 or email: Young.Carers@doncaster.gov.uk

Last updated: 13 November 2018 10:08:28