Most children look forward to the weekend – it’s the end of the school week and they have all the free time in the world.
But for one Bristol 11-year-old, his weekend is spent at his dad’s house, keeping him company and making sure he is safe.
His dad, who suffers from mental health issues, is an alcoholic. He lives alone and away from the family.
But that does not matter to his son, who has not been named due to the wishes of his family, who goes to his father’s house in Clevedon to help out with household chores.
He might only have just started secondary school, but the young carer from Hanham is already doing what many will never have to do in their lifetime.
“I go there and just help him out around the house and keep him company. Sometimes, he can feel lonely, and it can be difficult when I’m not …