What is Young Carers?
We know that lots of our children in school have an active role in helping out at home.
Young carers take on this role because they live with a parent, carer or sibling who is experiencing any of the following:
Experiences mental ill health
Has difficulties managing their use of alcohol
Has difficulties managing their use of substances.
Children can be young carers from 5 years old. They usually help out with all sorts of things to make life easier at home for their families such as:
•Helping when the person they look after feels down or upset
•Personal care e.g. washing, dressing
•Helping with money e.g. paying bills, going to the bank
•Help filling out forms
•Looking after brothers and sisters
•And much much more…….
Why do we offer support to Young Carers in school?
We want children to feel that school is somewhere that they can focus on all the experiences that are happening in school, without being distracted or worried about how things are at home.
What do we do to help Young Carers?
We run groups in school
We have assemblies
We offer pastoral support to offload worries
We refer to the local Young Carers groups where children can access trips and groups outside of the home
If you think that you have a child that may be a young carer you can call the school on 01934 822 867 and ask to speak to Mrs Rachel Keate who is our Young Carers Champion.
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