Supporting young carers

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A Healthy Schools young carers e-learning module is now available to help school staff who work with young carers. The aim of the module is to increase understanding in schools of particular issues and challenges facing young carers and their families. 

The module is designed to help all school staff identify and support young carers throughout their education. Based on a set of questions, it provides insight into young carers and practical ideas about how to support them directly and within the wider school setting.

It can be completed as a stand alone e-learning tool and takes about 40 minutes to complete. You can test your understanding by attempting the 'knowledge check' at the end. Although users access and complete the module in their own time, we encourage school leadership teams and governors to follow-up with a discussion around whole school action.

Other resources like the Healthy Schools toolkit is now available on the Department for Education website, providing comprehensive information on supporting schools engage in health and wellbeing improvements for their children and young people. The practical 'plan, do, review' approach outlined in the toolkit supports schools to identify and select priorities, milestones, activities and interventions effectively.

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and The Children's Society has produced Supporting Young Carers: A resource for schools to help develop a deeper understanding of the issues faced by young carers. The resource is intended for all staff, senior leadership teams and governing bodies working largely within secondary schools. Its content is also relevant to both primary schools and further education colleges. Its aim is to encourage and support schools to develop and embed a support framework to remove the barriers to education that young carers face, so that they have equal access to education as their peers.

Find out more about the work The Children’s Society delivers to support schools and other agencies working with young carers at www.youngcarer.com.