A child or young person who provides support for a family member who is chronically ill, experiencing a mental illness, is affected by alcohol or drug misuse, or has a physical disability, would be classed as a Young Carer.

As well as practical support around the house, young carers offer a lot of emotional support to the person they help care for. This caring role can sometimes have an impact on their school life – for example, affecting attendance and punctuality, homework, ability to fully concentrate and engage in lessons.

There is support available for our pupils who have a caring role. At Perryfields High School Miss Beddington and Miss Matthews are the Young Carers Leads, and can be contacted in Inclusion.

Also, we work closely with organisations that provide support to Young Carers – for example, offering youth clubs and activities, respite and short breaks, training opportunities, counselling, information and advice.

We can refer pupils to these services. Or if you would like to contact them directly the details are as follows:

Sandwell Young Carers

The Old Vicarage, Bratt Street, West Bromwich, B70 8SB

Tel: 0121 525 8002 / 0121 525 7667 or visit the website:

www.sandwellyc.org.uk

Birmingham Young Carers Unite

St. George’s Community Hub, Great Hampton Row, Hockley, Birmingham B19 3JG

Tel: 0121 227 7000 or visit the website:

www.spurgeonsyc.org