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Llantwit Major School Ysgol Llanilltud Fawr

Young Carers

At Llantwit Major we are aware that some pupils may be young carers.

A young carer is;

“A person under 18 years old who care's for a member of their family with an illness, disability, mental health condition or an addiction.”


Young carers may support the family by regularly:

  • Completing practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping some use the stairs)
  • Personal care (bathing, washing, dressing and toileting)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate


Research in 2010 suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK, many of whom do not realise they are a young carer.

At Llantwit Major we have a young carers operational lead. We are committed to identifying and supporting the needs of young carers.