Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide tools (Wales)

Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide tools (Wales)

Find all the tools you need to work through the Wales edition of the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff.

Supporting young carers in schools in Wales

Designed with teachers and schools staff,  the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in primary and secondary schools in Wales as easy as possible. Set out in ten clear steps, the tools accompanying the guide are available for you to download and adapt to suit your school and purpose. Each step contains a range of tools including templates, proformas and exemplars.

Not all schools will need to use all the tools included here. Some may find it more helpful to choose those that help enhance the support they already offer to young carers and their families while others will want to simply start to build their activities over a number of years. See related links for the Welsh versions.

Step 1 - Gaining an understanding about young carers

Key infomation only. See Step by Step Guide 

Step 2 - Reviewing your school's provision for young carers

FileTool 1: Baseline review

FileTool 2: A proforma for making recommendations to school leaders

FileTool 3: How to gather young carers' views about your school's provision

FileTool 4: Checklist for gathering attendance, attainment and progress data - primary schools

FileTool 5: Checklist for gathering attendance, attainment and progress data - secondary schools

FileTool 6: Survey to assess levels of school staff understanding and confidence in meeting young carers' needs

Step 3 - Securing commitment from school leaders

FileTool 1: Young Carers Senior Leadership Team Lead duties checklist

FileTool 2: Exemplar introductory letter to governors about young carers

FileTool 3: Role and responsibilities of a governing body

FileTool 4: Checklist to support governing bodies evaluating the effectiveness of their schools provision for young carers and their families

FileTool 5: Targeting Pupil Development Grant funding (if eligible) to support young carers

Step 4 - Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead

FileTool 1: Young Carers School Operational Lead duties checklist

Step 5 - Acknowledging young carers in principle school documents

FileTool 1: Recommended points to include in a whole school commitment

FileTool 2: Young carers school policy checklist

FileTool 3: Checklist of other principle documents which should reference young carers

Step 6 - Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers

FileTool 1: Checklist of support young carers may need

FileTool 2: Running a peer support group for young carers

FileTool 3: Exemplar handout for pupils to complete and post into a message box

FileTool 4: How to run a young carers forum

FileTool 5: Working with school nurses to support young carers and their families

FileTool 6: Working in partnership with young carers services

FileTool 7: Checklist for effective partnership working between schools and young carers services

FileTool 8: Exemplar working together agreement for use with young carers services

File Tool 9: Supporting young carers to participate post 16

FileTool 10: Supporting young carers to transition into adulthood

FileTool 11: Checklist of support that families of young carers may need

Step 7 - Raising awareness of school staff about young carers

FileTool 1: Checklist of signs a pupil is a young carer

PDF iconTool 2: Exemplar staff noticeboard material

FileTool 3: How can school staff support young carers

FileTool 4: Staff training facilitator's guide

FileTool 5: Powerpoint for use in staff training

FileTool 6: Handouts for use in staff training

FileTool 7: Staff training evaluation forms

Step 8 - Raising awareness of pupils and families about young carers

PDF iconTool 1: Exemplar noticeboard material for primary schools

PDF iconTool 2: Exemplar noticeboard material for secondary schools

Office presentation iconTool 3: Suggested assembly/tutor group actvities

PDF iconTool 4: Suggested lesson activities

PDF iconTool 4: Suggested lesson activitiesPDF iconTool 4a: Suggested lesson activities continued

FileTool 5: Exemplar letter to parent)s)/guardian(s)

FileTool 6: Exemplar school newsletter article

Step 9 - Identifying, assessing and supporting young carers and their families

FileTool 1: Exemplar information sharing consent form

FileTool 2: The Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA)

FileTool 3: The Positive and Negatives Outcomes of Caring (PANOC)

FileTool 4: Well-being questionnaire

FileTool 5: Staff observational checklist

Step 10 - Sharing good pratice with others

FileTool 1: Sharing good practice - case study examples