Young Carers at Drake Primary School
Operational Leads: Deirdre Kane
Senior Leadership Lead: Ms McLeod
There are young carers in every school. Some are easy to identify and support and others are often hidden.
‘As a young carer you often have many worries which can limit concentration. Young carers should have someone there within school to talk to about their caring roles with confidence and trust.’ Young carer
At Drake Primary School we are committed to identifying, supporting and meeting the needs of Young Carers so that they attend and enjoy school in the same way as their peers. We are currently setting up:
Who are young carers?
A young carer is a person under the age of 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person who is ill, disabled, has a mental health condition, or addiction problem.
What activities might their caring role involve?
The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care, and the structure of the family as a whole.
Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. These can include:
Young Carers often support family with illness such as:
We are aware that Young Carers looking after someone also gain valuable skills in that role such as:
We help to ensure that the responsibility for the child doesn’t become too great and that the support the family are entitled to is being offered.
Why are many young carers hidden?
Why is the whole school approach set out in the Young Carers in Schools programme essential to the effective identification and support of young carers in schools?
A whole school approach for young carers is vital because it:
Reduces stigma: one of the main reasons young carers say they do not access support is stigma. A positive whole school ethos where young carers and their families are respected and valued by pupils, staff and the wider school community is crucial to ensuring young carers and their families feel safe and confident to access support.
Increases identification: many young carers are hidden. All school staff need to know how to identify young carers to ensure they do not slip through the net.
Promotes self-identification: a pupil with caring responsibilities may self-identify to any member of staff whom they feel they can talk to and share their worries and concerns with.
Respects young carers information: all staff need to be aware of the school’s process for sharing information about a young carer. This will help ensure that information is only shared with the appropriate consent and with a view to guaranteeing a pupil does not need to repeat their story several times. All school staff should know not to discuss a pupil’s caring role in front of their peers.
Addresses all of the issues: It will enable the effective delivery of flexibilities, interventions and support to raise outcomes. Teachers and support staff delivering targeted interventions, such as homework clubs, should know how to ensure these interventions meet young carers’ needs, for example, that homework clubs should be run at lunchtime.
Creates long-term change: a whole school approach that places young carers on a similar footing to other vulnerable pupils ensures sustainability.
What are young carer’s rights?
Under the Children and Families Act 2014, all young carers under the age of 18 have a right to an assessment from the local authority, regardless of who they care for, what type of care they provide, or how often they provide care.
The assessment needs to consider:
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