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Children of parents who are addicted to drugs or alcohol may experience chaotic lives which lack routine and may often worry about the safety of their parent.
There are many hidden young carers in communities due to a lack of understanding and identification.
This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, supports schools to raise the awareness of pupils and families about young carers.
Involving carers is not just about consultation, and it is not about one way of doing things. Use a wide ranging approach so that carers can pick who they engage with to maximise the participation of a wide range of individuals.Outcomes:I work in:
Around a third of young carers care for someone with a mental health condition. Many young people who care for someone with a mental health problem go identified and unsupported. Identifying these young carers may be more difficult because the illness is less visible.