Bridgwater College Academy

Support for Young Carers

Bridgwater College Academy are committed to supporting their Young Carers. 


Definitions a young carer:
  • A young carer is a person under 18 who regularly provides emotional and/or practical support and assistance for a family member who is disabled, physically or mentally unwell or who misuses substances” Child Law Advice
  • “Children and young people (under 18) who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis” The Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995
  • “A young carer is somebody who cares for or is affected by someone else at home – usually a parent or sibling – who suffers from physical or mental ill health, or who has substance misuse issues”
  • “A young carer is someone who cares for a friend or family member who, due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction, cannot cope without their support” Carers Trust.
  • Responsibilities of a young carer can include:
  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping
  • Physical care, such as helping someone to get out of bed
  • Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed
  • Personal care, such as helping someone to wash and/or dress
  • Financial tasks, such as managing budgets
  • Helping to give someone medicine
  • Helping someone to communicate, such as signing or interpreting
  • Looking after siblings

If you think you may be a Young Carer or knows someone who is – please do contact our Young Carers Mentor Team.