A Young Carer is a child under 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or addiction problem.

Children may engage in:

  • Practical tasks (cooking, housework and shopping)
  • Physical care (lifting or helping someone use the stairs)
  • Personal care (dressing, washing, helping with toilet needs)
  • Managing the family budget (collecting benefits and prescriptions)
  • Managing medication
  • Looking after younger siblings
  • Helping someone communicate
  • Emotional support

Burnside can support young carers. If you or a family member needs support please contact Rachel Orr (School Operational Lead for Young Carers) on 0191 2598500 or via email to r.orr@burnsidecollege.org.uk   All contact will be treated in the strictest confidence.