Young carers do an amazing job. Juggling caring responsibilities with school work is not always easy and the right support can make all the difference.

Lauren – who is a young carer – has shared how important it has been for her teachers to listen and involve her in decisions about her support.

“I’ve had support from the most amazing pastoral teacher. She helped and guided me into the next path that I’m about to take and I’m forever grateful that I’ve had her support.

Until I started getting support from my pastoral head, I was in a horrible place at school, where I bottled up all my stress and worry about home life and life as a carer and it was eating me up. One day I burst into tears in the middle of a class because I didn’t understand what was going on and the stress got too much for me. And that was my first encounter with my pastoral teacher.

Since then I’ve gone nowhere but upwards, achieving National 5s, Highers and even having a stab at an Advanced Higher, as well as getting a place at university.

I’ve heard so many stories about young carers not receiving any support from school and I don’t know what I would do without my pastoral, she’s been my safety net more times than either of us imagined!

Because of all the support I’ve had from school and from the Young Carers Project, I feel ready to experience university life while being a Young Adult Carer because I know who I can turn to.”

Good relationships between pupils and staff are important for learning. If you think you need a bit more help at school, talk to a teacher or another adult you trust. They can help you find out what support is available for young carers in your school.

There might also be a young carers group in your area so click here for more information.