According to the ABS Census, there are over 60,300 young carers in Queensland. That’s two in every classroom. Trying to balance caring responsibilities with growing up and attending school can be really challenging.
A young carer is a person under the age of 25 who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
For most young carers, helping to look after somebody else is just a normal part of life, just like going to school or work. Even though it is a rewarding experience, it can sometimes be challenging especially when friends at school or work may not have the responsibilities at home that young carers have.
The YSCI Young Carers Toolkit is full of information to help young carers and the people in schools helping them make the most of teenage life.
For more information, or to find support for young carers, please visit the Carers Queensland website or call Carers Queensland on (FREECALL) 1800 242 636.
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