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Young Carers

We are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or a friend who is ill, disabled, or has a mental health problem or an addiction.

They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 800,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. We are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.


As a college we have put together a detailed action plan to support young carers and will be introducing a support package over the next term. This package will include lunchtime drop in sessions, student awareness sessions, student well-being support and links with Barnardos, young carers support.


We are proud to say that we are currently working towards the Bronze Young Carers in School Award.


If you are a young carer or think you might be

Visit Cornwall Young Carers Website: kernowyoungcarers.co.uk

Contact the Kernow Young Carers team via phone: 01736 756655.

Students can also self-refer via the website:

Young Self-Referral Form — Cornwall Carers Service


Where do I go if I need to ask questions?

Contact the following staff if help and support is needed: