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Young Carers In Schools - A Toolkit for Local Authorities

Legislation into Practice: Making the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014 a Reality for Young Carers
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A resource for local  authorities working with schools to identify and support young carers. 

This resource supports the case for the effective and economic ways that local young carers services offer both preventative and responsive support for young carers and their families. 

It sets out the case to include the Young Carers in Schools Programme in all aspects of educational support and how this would support local authorities to ensure they fulfil their statutory duties as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014. 

Most importantly it will ensure positive outcomes for young carers and their families. 

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Retirement on Hold

Our Retirement on Hold report highlighted some of the challenges faced by older carers and made recommendations to improve their experience now and in the future. Thank you to all the carers and Network Partners who contributed.
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Key findings from our report

  • Care coordination – carers said they were spending too much time, and became stressed and anxious when trying to organise care and support for the person with care needs. 
  • Carers are caring for someone else when they have their own age-related health condition.
  • The pressures around carers feeling they had a 'duty to care' – the Care Act recognises that caring should be a choice.
  • Lack of appropriate replacement care to enable carers to take a break. 

Our key recommendations

  • Access to a 'care coordinator' – many older carers felt this would help them navigate the health and care system. It is recognised that with limited resources this may not be feasible, however, earlier referral to a carer organisation may help improve the situation for carers. 
  • Appropriate and timely access to information and advice about support available locally, nationally and UK wide. This information would need to recognise that not all older carers are able to access the internet.
  • Improved access to appropriate and good quality replacement care.
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Older Carers Toolkit

This toolkit is targeted at commissioners of health and social care in England and aims to highlight the needs of carers aged over 60 and to show tried and tested ways they can be supported.
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This toolkit is targeted at commissioners of health and social care in England and aims to highlight the needs of carers aged over 60 and to show tried and tested ways they can be supported.

It shines a spotlight on particular issues most likely to impact on older carers. This can help inform commissioning to properly and most cost-effectively support them. It will also help commissioners fulfil duties to prevent, reduce and delay needs and to support older carers under the Care Act 2014.

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Download the toolkit PDF iconCaring About Older Carers (PDF 307KB)

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5. Tools to support services with limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services who have limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools.
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This is section 5 of the tools in Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

For tools to support your work to signpost schools to the Young Carers in School programme in your local area, please see below: 

FileTool 1: Template text for use on websites (Word 948KB)

PDF iconTool 2: Young Carers in Schools impact inographic (PDF 162KB)

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4. Tools to support services to gather impact data from schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for services who want to gather impact data from schools.
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3. Tools to support services to build and maintain engagement with schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for schools who want to build and maintain engagement with schools.
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2. Tools to support services to raise the local profile of Young Carers in Schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services who want to raise the local profile of the Young Carers in Schools programme.
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This is section 2 of the tools in Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services. 

For tools to support your work to raise the profile of the Young Carers in School programme in your local area, please see below: 

FileTool 1: Template letter to local authorities (Word 953KB)

FileTool 2: Template letter to Regional Schools Commissioners (Word 954KB)

FileTool 3: Template letter to dioceses (Word 953KB)

FileTool 4: Template letter to local branches of education sector trade unions and associations (Word 951KB)

PDF iconTool 5: Education sector trade unions and associations newsletter articles/blogs promoting Young Carers in Schools (PDF 154KB)

FileTool 6: Template letter and newsletter articles to school networks promoting Young Carers in Schools (Word 954KB)

FileTool 7: Template text about Young Carers in Schools for use on websites (Word 950KB)

PDF iconTool 8: Young Carers in Schools impact infographic (PDF 162KB)

FileTool 9: Template letter to governors (Word 954KB)

FileTool 10: Template letter to headteachers (for young carers services which are currently in partnership with schools) (Word 952KB)

FileTool 11: Template letter for headteachers (for young carers who have not engaged with schools previously) (Word 953KB)

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FileTool 13: Checklist of key messages to include in communications with schools (Word 950KB)

FileTool 14: Checklist of resources to hand out to schools (Word 948KB)

PDF iconTool 15: Young Carers in Schools A4 promotional leaflet (editable) (PDF 190KB)

FileTool 16: Young Carers in Schools quote bank (Word 951KB)

FileTool 17: A checklist to support governing bodies to evaluate the effectiveness of their school's provision (Excel 19KB)

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1. Tools to support services to secure funding for local school engagement work

This tool, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services on gaining funding for school engagement work.
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Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

This toolkit provides essential support to enable young carers services in England to significantly increase the identification and support of young carers in schools, and to secure vital new or continuation funding for local school engagement work.
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About the toolkit

Download the whole toolkit here: PDF iconSupporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

This toolkit provides essential tools, templates and guidance for:

  • Services that already work closely with schools – enabling you to strengthen relationships with school staff, respond to the latest changes in the school system, and showcase achievements at an England-wide level. 
  • Services that are developing their local school engagement activities – making the development and delivery of effective local school engagement work easier than ever so that you can maximise impact in your local area. 
  • Services that do not currently have the capacity to engage directly with school staff – making securing funding as easy as possible and enabling you to implement simple, time-minimal actions to signpost schools to England-wide support in the meantime. 

How the toolkit can help

The toolkit explores the role of the Young Carers in Schools programme, an exciting initiative in England and Wales that makes it as easy as possible for schools to identify and support young carers, and awards good practice. It: 

  • Highlights the multiple benefits that Young Carers in Schools can bring to all services, including those with exisitng, successful school engagement programmes. 
  • Sets out the concept of the whole school approach to identifying and support young carers as promoted by Young Cares in Schools, and explains the rationale for this approach as the main aim of local school engagement work. 
  • Offers in-depth targeted advice on how services can secure funding for local school engagement work, engage school staff, maintain momentum and gather and showcase impact data. 
  • Provides a range of tools, templates and pro formas to make using Young Carers in Schools as easy as possible so that you can maximise the identification and support of young carers in you local area.

To download specific tools that accompany this toolkit, please follow the links below: 

  1. Tools to support services to secure funding for local school engagement work.
  2. Tools to support services to rasie the local profile of Young Carers in Schools.
  3. Tools to support services to build and maintain engagement with schools.
  4. Tools to support services to gather impact data from schools.
  5. Tools to support services with limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools.

 

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Supporting Young Carers in School – Wales

Designed with teachers and schools staff, this resource helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in primary and secondary schools in Wales as easy as possible.
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Young Carers in Schools Wales

Welcome to Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, Wales edition.This resource has been written in association with teachers and school staff to help make the identification and support of young carers in schools as easy as possible. 

It forms part of the Young Carers in Schools programme, a free England and Wales wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice. 

Together with the programme's free tools and resources, the Step-by-step Guide will help schools achieve National Young Carer recognition.

Who is the Step-by-step Guide for?

The Step-by-step Guide is for use in secondary and primary schools in Wales but could be easily adapted for use in the rest of the UK.

Schools are well situated to support young carers and, working in partnership with other agencies, to impact positively on their lives and their education. This toolkit provides an invaluable resource to help identify and support young carers in schools across Wales, and I urge schools to take advantage of it.

Kirsty Williams,
Cabinet Secretary for Education, Welsh Government

What does the Step-by-step Guide offer your school?

Many schools are delivering exceptional practice, making a real and positive difference to the young carers they support. Other schools have told us they want to achieve these excellent outcomes, but don't know where to begin. This Step-by-step Guide sets out ten key steps to implementing effective identification and support for young carers in schools.

Like other aspects of school life, the development of effective support for young carers is reliant on regular reviews of current provision and the identification of areas for continual improvement.  The steps are therefore a cyclical process, which schools should engage with throughout the school year.

Why take part?

The Young Carers in Schools programme enables schools to:

  • Gain national recognition for raising outcomes for young carers through the Young Carers in Schools Wales programme.
  • Demonstrate to Estyn that your school is meeting the needs of young carers, specifically mentioned in the Inspection Guidance, 2016.
  • Identify manageable steps to improve educational outcomes for this vulnerable pupil group – the programme breaks down the actions schools can take so that your school can prioritise what to do next.
     

What schools have told us about the impact of the prgramme

The outcomes from implementing the Young Carers in Schools programme in England have shown some impressive  results not least in  increasing young carers confidence, wellbeing, achievement and attainment. Pilot schools in Wales so far have seen a significant increase in the number of young carers identified since being the programme.

Making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers

The Step-by-step Guide has been developed with teachers and school staff who understand the pressures that schools face to deliver the very wide range of demands placed upon them.  As a result it is designed to be as flexible and helpful as possible.

Each step is accompanied by key information and practical tools, which schools can use and adapt to suit their school structure and local circumstances. All accompanying tools will be uploaded in the coming weeks but schools can make a start by completing the baseline review

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


How can your school get involved?

  • Download the Step by Step guide (below) and have a take a look at the accompanying tools (related content below)
  • Complete a Filebaseline reviewFileadolygiad o'r man cychwyn (Step 2, Tool 1) of your schools current provision for young carers to indentify strengths, weaknesses and priorities.
  • Agree actions to be taken forward with your Senior Leadership Team.
  • Contact your local authority, health board and young carers service to share your findings and see how they can support the programme.
  • Complete a pledge on the interactive Schools Map –  either in support of the Young Carers in School programme or as part of your own young carers work.
  • You can blog, help raise awareness through Young Carers Awareness Day and encourage other schools to take part in the programme through your Cluster leads.
  • Send us your contact details so we can help promote your work.

Identifying early means an improvement in achievement, attainment and wellbeing, if the right support is offered.

Phase 1

Since July 2016  Carers Trust Wales has been working with 8 pilot schools from across Wales to refine and adapt the young carers in schools programme.  The outcome of this pilot has seen huge investment of time and commitment resulting in some very clear wins for not only the schools but young carers themselves.  By working together with Estyn and Welsh Government we hope to further raise the profile of young carers within the education system to ensure their voices are heard.

Phase 2

Unlike England, the Young Carers in Schools programme in Wales is not an award scheme. The reasons for this are clear: Carers Trust Wales believes schools and young carers themselves are best placed to assess standards and challenge practice. Therefore,  we are working to develop a National Framework to support peer reviews, offering local focus, encouraging reflective practice and supporting continuous development. Pilot models are already underway in South Wales led by Carers Trust South East Wales and EAS Consortia. We believe, together is the best way to encourage and support schools to achieve better and more sustainable outcomes for young carers. An update on the Peer Review Framework will be available later this year.

Got a question about the Young Carers in Schools Wales programme?

Contact Carers Trust Wales.

 

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