Supporting Young Carers in Schools
Reviewing your School’s Provision for Young Carers
Resource title: Supporting young Carers in School
Published: 2022 Author: Carers Trust
Whether your school has been developing systems to identify and support young carers over many years, or is developing or just starting to develop its provision for young carers, a key next step to using this Step-by-step Guide is carrying out a baseline review. By reviewing your school’s current provision for young carers, you will identify strengths, weaknesses and priorities, and agree actions to be taken forward.
This review could be coordinated by a member of the school’s senior leadership team (SLT) or delegated to another member of staff. This may be, for example, your school’s Inclusion Coordinator, Pastoral Lead, SENCO, a Learning Mentor or another member of staff with specific interest in
The staff member leading the review (Review Lead) may need to seek involvement of other staff to ascertain current practice. They should report key findings to the SLT and governing body, making recommendations for any required changes in whole school practice, and identifying resulting resource requirements that need to be approved at SLT and/or governing body level.
Step 2, Tool 1: Baseline review aims to support schools by:
The Review Lead may also wish to use Step 2, Tool 2: A template proforma for making recommendations to school leaders.
To understand how well your provision meets the needs of the young carers in your school, the Lead should also run a drop-in session or survey or set up a young carers forum to gather their views (see Step 2, Tool 3: How to gather young carers’ views about your school’s provision).
In particular, the Review Lead will find it useful to ask:
Using young carers’ views to inform your school’s review is vital to ensuring the school meets the needs of this vulnerable pupil group effectively. It will also demonstrate that school staff value young carers’ opinions, and support you to create a whole-school ethos where young carers feel respected and safe and confident to access support.
To achieve best practice, the Review Lead should also: