Young Carers


At South Gloucestershire and Stroud College we believe that all young people have the right to an education, regardless of what is happening at home.

When a young person looks after someone in their family who has a serious illness, disability or substance misuse problem, he or she may need a little extra support to help him or her get the most out of college. Our Young Carers Policy says how we will support any learner who helps to look after someone at home.

Who are young Carers?

  • Anyone under the age of 18 whose life is in some way restricted because of the need to take responsibility for the care of someone who is ill, has a physical or sensory impairment, mental ill health, drug/alcohol misuse or domestic violence.
  • The person a young carer looks after may be a parent, grandparent, a brother, sister or maybe even a neighbour.
  • The Young Carer will do more shopping, cooking, clearing up, or looking after younger brothers or sisters – because no one else can.
  • The Young Carer will miss out on things after school and weekends because they have to help at home.

Young carers may have more responsibilities than their friends – sometimes a lot more.

How does caring impact upon a young person’s life?

Being a young carer can have many positive effects such as:

  • Greater sensitivity to others
  • Enhanced living skills
  • Strong family bonds

However, if young carers aren’t given proper support there can be some serious impacts:

  • Impaired education, social, emotional and physical development
  • Incomplete education
  • Poor social skills
  • Permanent physical injuries (e.g. back injuries from lifting)

What can SGS College offer Young Carers?

  • A designated member of staff with special responsibility for young carers and lets all new students know who they are and what they can do to help.
  • Can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
  • Is accessible to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties and involves them in parents’ evenings.
  • Respects your right to privacy and will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know to help you.
  • Will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend college due to their caring role.
  • Allows young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.
  • Can give parents advice about how to get their children into school where transport is a problem.

Contact Us

You can self refer by contacting us on:

  • Filton Campus:
    Rosheen Hucker
    (Head of Learner Services)
    Learner Services Office CG11
    E: Rosheen.Hucker
    T: 0117 909 2231
  • Stroud Campus:
    Karen Young
    Learner Services Office
    Ground Floor (the Hub)

Or you could ask your key worker / social worker to make contact on your behalf.

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