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The impact of caring on a young person's emotional and physical wellbeing - Plymouth Young Carers

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The impact of caring on a young person's emotional and physical wellbeing.

Caring can affect a young person's:

  • Physical health: Young carers are often severely affected by caring through the night, repeatedly lifting a heavy adult, poor diet and lack of sleep.
  • Emotional wellbeing: Stress, tiredness and mental ill-health are common for young carers.
  • Socialisation: Young carers often feel different or isolated from their peers and have limited opportunities for socialising. A quarter of young carers in the UK said they were bullied at school because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).
  • Stable environment: Young carers can experience traumatic life changes such as bereavement, family break-up, losing income and housing, or seeing the effects of an illness or addiction on the person they care for.
  • Education: Irregular attendance, poor timekeeping, lack of concentration, difficulties with homework
  • Restricted training/employment choices: lack of time for personal development, poor flexibility in work practices

Supporting the health and wellbeing of young carers

As a result, caring responsibilities have a significant impact on a pupil's learning

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