This guide has been developed by PCT and is aimed at supporting educators who support young carers in secondary schools.

It defines young carers as those people aged 11-18 years, who are acting in a caring role for someone who has been diagnosed as having a life-limiting illness for which there is no known cure (palliative). The young carer may also provide assistance, care, or support to other members of the family, such as younger children, or other people impacted. This role is done on a regular basis and tasks taken-on by the young carer are usually associated with those of an adult.

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