One in 12 secondary students is a Young Carer

Young Carers regularly help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

 They have extra things to do at home and might help by:

  • Sorting out medication.
  • Looking after brothers or sisters.
  • Supporting someone physically, like helping them out of bed.
  • Supporting someone emotionally, like listening to someone who is upset.
  • Helping someone to communicate.

At Alec Hunter Academy, we’re listening to Young Carers. We want to ensure that all students are offered full access to all the school provides and are given every opportunity to succeed. We understand the impact being a Young Carer can potentially have on a young person’s education and wider life. To that end, we look to support Young Carers by:

  • Making staff aware of students’ specific needs, for instance, needing additional time or support in order to complete homework
  • Offering the opportunity to attend homework club – a space where they can  work quietly and seek support if required.
  • Facilitating access to external support via services such as those provided by: (please click for more information)

Young Carers (

Young Carers - Essex County Council

Homepage - Carers Trust

Are you a Young Carer?

If you think you are a Young Carer, don’t miss out. If you need it, you could get support to get good marks, with your health and wellbeing, and more.

If you’re looking for advice, support or just want to get something off your chest, get in touch with Mr Doolan, Associate Assistant Headteacher.

You can email him at and he will get back to you and arrange to meet you for a quick chat.

Any information you give will be treated sensitively and will not be shared without your knowledge. We will not discuss your caring role in front of your classmates.