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What is a Young Carer?

​Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.


A young carer may do some or all 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, 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 a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family's first language.


Some young carers may undertake high levels of care, whereas for others it may be frequent low levels of care.


Young Carer Facts-

-6-12% of School Children are young carers, this could be as many as 2-3 children in each class. We have 8 classes at Fir Tree and our aim is to help as many children here as possible.

-30% of young carers are under 10 years old, the majority of our children.

-Young carers have significantly lower educational attainment in GCSE's and are more likely to not be in education and training between the ages of 16-19. By identifying early, we can change this.

-Already 1500 young carers have been identified in Oxfordshire, there are so many more out there, please help us to help them.


Young Carers are hugely important to us at Fir Tree School. We have a Young Carers Club available, called 'Team Carers', during school time. Here, the children can talk about their caring roles or just have fun, relax and enjoy the various activities offered.


The designated young carers lead is Mrs Faye McConnell who welcomes any questions you may have. The following links will provide you with more information but please do not hesitate to contact Mrs McConnell on with any queries.