There are multiple things that schools can do to support young carers

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Support from schools

Through consultation with young carers they have highlighted the key things that schools can do to support them, including:  

  • Teachers who have an understanding of what you have been through 
  • More people to talk to who can deal with situations, including identified lead teachers that you can talk to
  • A quiet area to go to when you are down or want to chill out
  • Extra support with school work
  • Teachers not shouting at you 
  • Counselling help
  • Less bullies
  • Knowing other children who are young carers as well
  • To be taught more life skills
  • School nurses need to check we are okay and do home visits and meet family.

Read guidance on setting up support systems for young carers.

Support models

There is a range of in class support models that can be utilised:

  • Using the Citizenship and/or PSHE curriculum to promote both equality and diversity including disability. Encourage young people to discuss religious and ethnic identities as well as mutual respect; tolerance and understanding that will aid harmonious relationships.
  • Use community notice boards. Young carers have expressed the need for noticeboards in their school/community. The boards should display information; including support and resources in their community for young carers and their families & community projects in the local area.
  • Respond to pupils’ diverse needs by taking into account their cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds when planning, in order to ensure that all pupils feel secure and are able to take part in lessons fully and effectively.
  • Ensure staff are able to access adequate training and resources
  • Ensure schools and colleges are accessible to parents who are disabled or have a long-term illness. Also ensure communication strategies include provision for any parent with a visual, hearing or communication impairment (as covered in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 with regard to access to goods, services and facilities).
  • Make information accessible in other languages, e.g. letters home, reports relating to young carers attainment and progress
  • It may be difficult for some parents to attend parents’ evenings or understand the concept, as the education system may be very different in the country of origin. Check for translation services or with ESOL tutors.
  • There may be support available locally for the provision of translation services or financial support, such as school transport and school uniforms. 

The Young Carers in Schools Programme

The free England wide programme provides tools and resources to support schools to implement identification and support models to allow young carers the same access to education as their peers. Schools can also gain a Young Carers Award to highlight their good practice.

find out more about the programme

Further information