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
(Inclusion Manager & Deputy DSL)
Room G32 (WISE Campus)



Jo Johnson
(Inclusion Manager & Deputy DSL)
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.