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Young Carers

St Francis Xavier College (SFX) facilitates a support program for students who are young carers in their families. A young carer is a young person who helps to take care of a family member who has a disability, chronic illness, mental health issue, substance misuse problem, or who is frail or aged. The person receiving care is often a parent but could also be a sibling, grandparent or other close relatives. A young carer could also be someone who cares for younger siblings because their parents work long hours. Our young carers do a range of tasks such as cooking, cleaning, watching out for their family’s safety and taking family members to appointments.

The responsibilities associated with being a young carer can sometimes make school difficult (challenges completing homework/assignments, being late for school or missing school etc.). Stressful situations at home can also make it difficult to concentrate on learning at school. The Young Carers Group at SFX supports students to navigate the demands of school and family life so that they can flourish in all that they do.

The Young Carers Group meets during school time and provides students with the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics including:

  • Balancing home and school responsibilities.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Positive thinking.
  • Tips to manage stressful situations.
  • Practical skills (cooking, first aid, living a healthy lifestyle), and much more!

The College reception is open from 8.15am to 4.15pm, Monday to Friday during the school term.

02 6258 1055

Barnard Circuit
Florey ACT 2615
PO Box 3248 BC
Belconnen ACT 2617

The student office is open from 8.15am to 4.00pm, Monday to Friday during the school term.



Contact the Enrolment Officer for any questions regarding enrolment at St Francis Xavier College.


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We celebrate the stories, culture and traditions of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in our community and pay respects to Elders past and present.

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