barnet young carers

Young carers in primary schools

Barnet has an estimated 4,000 young carers. They are of all ages ranging from 5 through to 17.  The tasks and level of caring undertaken by Young Carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care, and the structure of the family as a whole.


Some young carers are known to their schools. Many more are invisible and only come on to the schools radar because of one too many absences or behavioural difficulties.


We have produced this information for all professionals working in primary schools with the hope that it will help improve the identification of young carers, enhance the understanding of the issues that these children and young people face, and go some way to show how their needs can be met.


We believe that young carers can be supported to ensure that their education does not take second place to their caring responsibilities.


Download to support young carers in your school

We have resources for both secondary and primary schools including information booklets, posters and postcards.  These are available to download or order here.