Identifying a Young Carer in school

Signs which may indicate that a child is caring for someone at home may include: 

  • Arriving late at school
  • Missing days at school
  • Tiredness
  • Hunger
  • Clothing or appearance may not be clean or tidy
  • Underachievement
  • Unable to complete home work on time
  • Withdrawn, over sensitive, low self esteem
  • Behavioural problems
  • Difficulties with peer group, limited social skills
  • Isolation, embarrassed to take friends home
  • Not attending after school activities or activities in local area
  • Non attendance on school trips, particularly residential
  • Being bullied
  • Financial difficulties
  • Physical problems, such as back pain from lifting
  • False signs of maturity, from assuming adult roles

Parents may have little or no contact with school, be unable to attend parents evenings, review days, or social activities.