Supporting Young Carers in Schools
Raising Awareness of Pupils and Families About Young Carers
Resource title: Supporting young Carers in School
Published: 2022 Author: Carers Trust
Young Carers School Operational Leads should prioritise how they intend to raise the awareness of pupils and their families 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 carer provision, you may wish to focus initially on implementing the basics and raise awareness through:
Pupil noticeboards and school website: The Young Carers School Operational Lead should develop and maintain material about young carers on the pupil noticeboard and school website. This material should include:
See Step 8, Tool 1: Exemplar noticeboard material for schools. This noticeboard will need to be refreshed on a regular basis to keep engaging pupils. Why not ask identified young carers to help produce new material for display?
In schools looking to develop their provision for young carers further, the Young Carers School Operational Lead should:
Potential communication channels to use with families include:
Through these mechanisms, schools can take a proactive approach to raising the awareness of pupils and their families about young carer issues. This will not only create a supportive school ethos but also help ensure no young carer slips through the net.