A short article by Dr Pooky Knightsmith for Sec Ed Magazine highlighting 5 key steps that school leaders and teaching staff can take to support young carers in their school to thrive academically.Read More
A useful guide co-produced by The Carer’s Trust and The Children’s Society to provide school leadership teams, teachers and non-Teaching staff with the knowledge and skills they need to empower young carers to achieve their academic potential and aid their social skill development whilst at school. The guide covers a number of important topics, including:
Reviewing school provision for young carers
Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead
Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers
Raising awareness of caring responsibility with the peers of students with caring responsibilities.
A report from Barnardo’s which examines the difficulties that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) young carers face in accessing support from statutory organisations and their local communities. The report draws on previous research and makes recommendations as to how to better support BAME young carers to achieve their full potential and to improve their levels of mental health and emotional wellbeing.Read More
Young Carers Awareness Day is on the 31st January and schools and colleges are being encouraged to talk more with students about the challenges faced by fellow peers who are young carers and highlight awareness of organisations and resources young carers can access for help. These resources have been created by The Carer’s Trust to help spark positive conversations in PSHE/RSE/Citizenship lessons.Read More
A comprehensive guide which informs teachers about the challenges that Young Carers face at home and at school. Advice is given on how to set up a framework to support Young Carers in school and a sample Young Carer school policy is provided.Read More
Why do young carers need your support?
A young carer’s personal and physical development, physical and emotional health, and social opportunities can all be affected by the family situation and their caring role. Young carers learn practical and caring skills at an early age and can be wrongly seen as ‘copers’.Read More
Official statistics estimate that there are over 175,000 young carers in the UK caring for a sick or disabled relative, with 13,000 of these young people caring for more than 50 hours a week.
However, a recent survey for the BBC carried out by Professor Saul Becker, a leading expert on young carers, found that there are four times more young carers in the UK than are officially recognised by 2001 census data.Read More