Young carers

A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

Children may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping);
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs);
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs);
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions);
  • Managing medication;
  • Looking after younger siblings; and,
  • Helping someone communicate.

St James School supports its young carers. If you, or a family member, need support please contact your Young Carers School Operational Lead, Mrs Yana Meredith on ytm@stjamesexeter.co.uk.

All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.