School and college life can vary for different types of young carers. For some it can be considered a bit of time away from the things going on at home and a chance to hang out with school friends. But for others, the caring role can be so demanding that they are often late or absent from school on a regular basis.
Theis can create all sorts of challenges for young carers. It could lead to detentions, incomplete homework and getting into trouble with teachers who don’t really understand what is going on at home for that person.
Some young carers might be so focused on helping the person they care for that they sometimes don’t have time to complete homework or study for exams. This can lead to falling behind in class or finding it hard to concentrate on tasks because they are worrying about the person they have left at home.
In some cases, a young carer’s peers at school or college aren’t always considerate of the extra work that person is doing at home. The person might find it difficult to fit in and it can sometimes lead to bullying or feeling alone and misunderstood.
Does any of this sound like you? Don’t worry. You are not alone and we can help.