Young Carers

A Young Carer is child or young person whose life is affected because they are responsible for looking after someone at home.

This can include a parent, grandparent, sibling or other family member. The people they look after may have a physical or learning disability, long term illness, mental health illness or suffer with substance misuse problems.

Caring Tasks

The responsibilities Young Carers have might include:

  • Personal care
  • Housework
  • Carrying shopping
  • Giving medication
  • Looking after siblings
  • Emotional care
  • Financial care

Swindon Academy has a designated members of staff who have special responsibility for Young Carers and will ensure that all support is offered and coordinated to suit each individual pupil.
Our designated coordinators are:

Primary Alton Close site Heather McKinlay email:

Primary Beech Avenue site Taylor Kent email:

Secondary Beech Avenue site Miss Maria Hicks email:

At Swindon Academy, we are committed to supporting our Young Carers and their families. We have received the Young Carers Award which raises awareness and provides support to pupils who are Young Carers.

If you think your child may be a Young Carer then please let us know so we can help.

For further information, please visit the Swindon Young Carers website: