Young Carers

Who are young adult carers?

  • Anyone between the age of 14 – 25 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of someone who is ill, has a physical or sensory impairment, mental ill health, drug/alcohol misuse or domestic violence.
  • A young person who looks after may be a parent, grandparent, a brother, sister or maybe even a neighbour.
  • A young person who has to do more shopping, cooking, clearing up, or looking after younger brothers or sisters in the absence of a guardian.
  • Young carers may have more responsibilities than their friends – sometimes a lot more.


How does caring impact upon a young person’s life?

Being a young carer can have many positive effects such as:

  • Greater sensitivity to others
  • Enhanced living skills
  • Strong family bonds

However, if young carers aren’t given proper support there can be some serious impacts:

  • Impaired education, social, emotional and physical development
  • Incomplete education
  • Poor social skills
  • Permanent physical injuries (e.g. back injuries from lifting)

What can SGS College offer Young Carers?

  • A designated member of staff with special responsibility for young carers and lets all new students know who they are and what they can do to help.
  • Can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
  • Is accessible to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties and involves them in parents’ evenings.
  • Respects your right to privacy and will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know to help you.
  • Will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend college due to their caring role.
  • Allows young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.


Who to speak to:


Pez Perrin
(Deputy Head of Learner Services)
Room G32 (WISE Campus)
0117 919 5605


Jo Johnson
(Deputy Head of Learner Services)
Room 228
01453 761119

Click here to view our Young Carers Policy. 


Click here to fill out the Young Adult Carers Learning Support Plan.

Useful Websites:


Click here for some other really useful Websites and Helplines for Young Adult Carers.