Supporting Young Carers in Schools
Setting up Systems to Identify, Assess and Support Young Carers
Resource title: Supporting young Carers in School
Published: 2022 Author: Carers Trust
Young Carers School Operational Leads should have identified which procedures they intend to prioritise for implementation when reviewing their school’s provision (see Step 2: Reviewing your school’s provision for young carers).
In summary, if your school is just beginning to develop its young carers’ provision, you may wish to focus initially on implementing the basics by:
Not all pupils with parents or other family members who are ill, disabled, have a mental health problem or an addiction will be a young carer. You will need to agree with the staff responsible for collating the returned information that they notify you where families have responded positively to the questions. You should then have a follow-up conversation with pupils and/or their family to establish the extent of a pupil’s caring role and whether they require any support from school.
To develop your systems further and meet young carers’ needs more effectively, the Young Carers School Operational Lead should:
To achieve best practice for young carers, your school should also: