Due to their caring roles some young carers own physical and emotional wellbeing can suffer, this could be back ache from heavy lifting or anxiety over what is going on at home. It is very important to recognise if a child or young person is carrying out a caring role at home as early as possible to prevent negative effects of caring.
Very often a young carer is not identified until their education or health is effected, by raising awareness and removing the stigma of young carers you can ensure young people do not fall into crisis.
If an inappropriate level of caring is identified this must be acted on to reduce any harm it may cause the young person. A young carer becomes vulnerable when the level of care given and responsibility to the person in need of care becomes excessive or inappropriate for that child, for example
- Child is unable to attend school regularly
- Child is displaying significant signs of neglect
- Child’s mental health is significantly affected
- Child is carrying out inappropriate amounts of care or tasks that are deemed too adult for their age range