Guidance and training video launched in bid to tackle the bullying of young carers

New guidance and a training video have been released to support school staff when working with young carers.

Research has shown that more than two-thirds of young carers report being bullied, while more than a quarter say they are bullied specifically because of their caring role.

The new resources have been issued by the Carers Trust charity which has worked with young carers themselves and the organisation Devon Carers to produce the practical guidance.
Michelle, a young adult carer aged 21 from Devon, said that her bullying began early in primary school.

She explained: “People would bully me and say my mum was a drug addict because she has diabetes and has to inject insulin every day. I learned to be protective of my mum and isolated myself – I didn’t have many friends. By the age of 16, the bullying got really bad and I had severe stress-induced seizures.

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