Who cares 4 us? is a series of books for schools…. wherever you are in the world!
The series covers Young Carers Awareness, Disability Awareness and anti-bullying too, as 2/3 of young carers are bullied in schools!
So why create this series?
All children have the right to an education, to go to school, learn, play and enjoy life. However, making these rights a reality isn’t always straight forward for the millions of children worldwide who have a caring role. So many Young Carers are bullied because of their circumstances, and many spend their school days worrying about the person left at home. Some children even miss school because their loved one is too poorly to be left alone that day and there is no one else to look after them.
Research has shown that young carers often under – achieve in school; getting lower grades than their peers. *
That’s why it’s imperative that schools start identifying Young Carers as early as possible in their education and giving them adequate support, so they can achieve their full potential.
It’s estimated that there are 2 Young Carers in every classroom,** so it’s imperative that young carers awareness and disability awareness is taught in P.S.H.E / social education classes from primary school onwards. That way students will have a better understanding of what it’s like to be a young carer. With more compassion and understanding within school environments, young carers will have a better chance of achieving their full potential.
That’s why I’m creating this resource series– to help students and teachers understand what it’s like to be a young carer, what it’s like to live with illness and disability and why it’s so important to adjust, to help young carers reach their full potential.
Who cares 4 us, includes pieces from guest writers all over the world, showing life from many different perspectives, be it as a young carer or someone living with illness or disability. I am weaving these pieces into lessons and assembly ideas, creating a comprehensive resource series, and giving schools a resource series that can be adapted to their educational curriculums.
*Carer’s Trust Research.
** BBC Research.