Young Carers

About Young Carers

Haileybury Turnford is committed to providing help and support for its young carers.

The staff leading on young carers are:

Mrs Goodes           Mrs Elliott          Mrs Carter
Vice Principal         DDSL                Assistant Year Achievement Coordinator

Young carers are children and young people under 19 years old who provide unpaid care, help or support to a family member, friend or neighbour who could not manage otherwise as they physically or mentally ill, disabled, elderly or misuses alcohol or drugs.

Quite often, young people do not recognise themselves as ‘carers’ and often see themselves as just relatives, friends or neighbours who find themselves in a caring situation, sometimes very suddenly, sometimes gradually, and they simply get on with what needs to be done.

A carer may not always live with the person they care for, but their help may be essential in enabling that person to go on living independently.

It can help to know that you are a carer as it is a way of recognising that what you are doing is a very important job. Caring can be demanding both physically and emotionally. It may help to know that your work is recognised by others, and that there are people and services to support you in your role.

Keep an eye on the Young Carers noticeboard near the main hall for any Young Carer group events / updates.

Feel free to pop any concerns, suggestions or requests for help on an email to:

What might a Young Carer do?

  • Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
  • Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
  • Offer emotional support, such as talking to someone who is distressed.
  • Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
  • Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
  • Helping to give medicine.
  • Helping someone communicate.
  • Looking after siblings.

At Haileybury Turnford we are aware that some of our pupils may be caring for someone and may require support to attend and enjoy school in the same way as other students to achieve their potential.

Young carers are encouraged to seek help and support by attending a school based young carers group and by using our effective referral system to access advice from school staff, the local Young Carers Services, Carers in Hertfordshire.

For further support please contact: Carers in Hertfordshire, The Red House, 119 Fore Street, Hertford, Herts. SG14 1AX

Telephone: 01992 58 69 69.

Email: or


Mrs M. Goodes, Vice Principal, is responsible for managing the school’s provision.



Young Carers identified and supported at school