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Carers UK Forum • schools.
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schools.

Posted: Tue Sep 28, 2010 11:14 pm
by Maxi
i am asking you,my fellow carers if you might guide me.for younger carers do schools have any help,provision,policy for young carers?.i know nothing of this matter so ask you about this.

Is the school aware that

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:11 am
by Sassy
Is the school aware that the young person is a carer?

I've never had any dealings with this myself, but I have been informed that schools usually make allowance for this when they are aware - such as giving them more time to complete assignments, extra help in lessons, the chance to do homework during break times, someone to make sure things are okay at home and a greater understanding should the young person need to leave school early for any reason.

As in all things, some

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 5:16 am
by charles47
As in all things, some schools are better than others. But the hard part is identifying a young carer - many of the outward signs could just as easily lead a teacher to think the child is a troublemaker, lazy, a classic example of bad parenting, etc. If the child gets those labels it's hard to shift attitudes to then support the young carer.

i might be wrong but....

Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:24 pm
by Maxi
maybe we dont think much about younger carers so we dont look at their needs.we lament the stresses caring has given us in our lives,what about younger carers?.

perhaps to get a sence of what schools might or might not be doing to support children who are carers,a young carers forum might be a good idea?.

As far as i`m concerned

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:17 pm
by g.herschel
As far as i`m concerned young children should not even be working as "carers", i have nowt against children helping out , but to care for a parent or sibling is wrong , if any school knew that a child is "working " as a carer social services should be contacted, and they should provide the care needed , and allow the child to carry on with his / her own life, just this week in our area Tyne Wear we have had a young boy receive an award for being a young carer for his brother, who sadly passed away , i am sure this boy is a better person for being a carer for his brother , but to be honest he should not have been allowed to do so much work for him , he has his own future to protect does he not..

if only.

Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 6:47 pm
by Maxi
in a perfect world you would not have children caring for adults,but,it aint a perfect world.its a dam awfull one.

but we can only treat it as-is.so,as-it-is,i think we must try to help,afterall,what is carers uk for if not to help the needs of all carers?.

As far as i`m concerned

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:33 pm
by Sassy
As far as i`m concerned young children should not even be working as "carers", i have nowt against children helping out , but to care for a parent or sibling is wrong , if any school knew that a child is "working " as a carer social services should be contacted, and they should provide the care needed , and allow the child to carry on with his / her own life, just this week in our area Tyne Wear we have had a young boy receive an award for being a young carer for his brother, who sadly passed away , i am sure this boy is a better person for being a carer for his brother , but to be honest he should not have been allowed to do so much work for him , he has his own future to protect does he not..
It is worth considering that there can be a whole myriad of reasons why people prefer to "get on with things without the involvement of social services though". Perhaps the parent is an only parent? This could lead to a fear of losing the child(ren) to the care system, or the caree could be ashamed to admit that they need help. There are also a lot of people who believe in the old system of "What happens in the family stays in the family".

To get social services involved before the carer or caree is ready can actually make matters worse rather than better in these cases. A 12 year old me wouldn't have appreciated social services coming wading in on my caring for my mum no matter how bad things became. I was younger then and a whole heap better able to provide the care that she needed than I can now.

Another snag with providing help for her isthat she's always been strong minded and likes to live her life independantly to the point where she hates people offering help before she's asked them to help

I am with George. It is

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:48 pm
by Lazydaisy
I am with George.
It is an absolute disgrace that our Government and all of us in Society allow young children to look after family members before, after or instead of school.This is turning the clock back to Victorian times.My children were young Carers, although they were secondary Carers,as I am the main Carer.
When I was a teenager, I went out with friends,I sat and listened to records,babysat, went out with boys, did all that a teenager should be able to do.
I do not know what the answer is,as my younger two children felt the same as you Summer Hope,that they could cope and did not want any interference from outside.

yes and no.

Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:39 pm
by Maxi
while no child should loose-out on oppotunity through being a carer,denied education etc,life-chances,and while it can age a child prematurly,no one size fits all,and broard statements often are not embracing of individual cases,

children are carers,it happens,its life,as is.for some its a blight,but it sort-of,as horrid as it sounds,for some situations,does work.

i wondered where it happens and where it does work what place the school has?.home-schooling maybe what happens sometimes,i dont know.

idealism and bemoaning it does not alter the fact,outragously,even more outragous than young children being carers,at all,for some,is the fact we dont even have any true idea of how many are carers today in the uk.that,for me,is an utter outrage.

As far as i`m concerned

Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 12:10 am
by no1mum
As far as i`m concerned young children should not even be working as "carers", i have nowt against children helping out , but to care for a parent or sibling is wrong , if any school knew that a child is "working " as a carer social services should be contacted, and they should provide the care needed , and allow the child to carry on with his / her own life, just this week in our area Tyne Wear we have had a young boy receive an award for being a young carer for his brother, who sadly passed away , i am sure this boy is a better person for being a carer for his brother , but to be honest he should not have been allowed to do so much work for him , he has his own future to protect does he not..
Well said George.