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Triangle of Care in Wales

Carers Trust Wales and the Royal College of Nursing are delighted to have been able to explore an adaptation of the Triangle of Care to meet the needs of carers of people with dementia in acute hospitals in Wales.
Area of Care: 
Secondary CareAcute CareDementia care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Health care
I work with: 
Adult carersYoung adult carersYoung carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adults
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Wales
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Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 13:15
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The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Dementia Care, Wales Edition

Carers Trust Wales has been extremely keen to build on the success of the Triangle of Care model in England and Scotland  by advocating and supporting the implementation of the Triangle of Care standards for carers accessing services in local health boards across Wales.

Funded through the RCN Foundation, the recent development of a Triangle of Care for dementia Wales edition has been a collaborative effort between the Royal College of Nursing and Carers Trust Wales. It has been developed from the original Triangle of Care for dementia, which was co-designed with carers, people with dementia and practitioners, with the support of Uniting Carers and Dementia UK. 

Overview

According to the National Assembly for Wales Research Service, dementia is the top health concern in Wales and yet Wales has the lowest rate of diagnosis across all UK nations at just 43%. There are an estimated 45,000 people in Wales currently living with dementia and this figure is predicted to rise steadily over the next decade bringing with it dramatic financial and human impact. The cost to the Welsh economy is an estimated £1.4bn a year which includes costs to the NHS and social services, although research shows that people with dementia, carers and their families currently bear around two-thirds of the costs themselves (National Assembly for Wales Research Service, 2016).

In Wales, 50% of health boards have shown an active interest in implementing a Triangle of Care model and support is growing within other health boards throughout Wales. We hope the new Welsh edition for best practice in dementia care can lead to consistent carer involvement and support across all health and social care services irrespective of where and when a person is being treated. The partnership between Carers Trust and the Royal College of Nursing has been incredibly positive and we hope that this can be replicated across health services with nurses and carers working as partners.

Further information

For further information on the Triangle of Care in Wales contact Gill Winter, Carers Partnership Manager, Carers Trust Wales.

 

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PDF icon Triangle of Carer Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice for Dementia Care, Wales editionPDF icon Triongl Gofal Cynnwys Gofalwyr: Canllaw i Arfer Gorau ar gyfer Gofal Dementia, Argraffiad Cymru
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Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed In Further Education in Wales

A Wales-specific, user-friendly resource, this toolkit was developed in partnership with Learning and Work Institute to increase awareness of student carers and their specific needs, promote existing good practice from colleges and carers services and offering expert recommendations.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthSpecial education needs
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCarers involvementInformation and adviceCommissioning for young carersEducation
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Young adult carersYoung carersParent carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 10:45
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Student Carers in Further Education

In 2015 Carers Trust worked with the National Institute for Adults Continuing Education (NIACE) to develop a practical resource for colleges. In 2017 Carers Trust Wales and Learning and Work Institute worked together to develop Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed in Further Education in Wales, drawing on good practice from colleges and carers centres across Wales. 

This interactive resource has been designed to generate momentum for identifying and supporting student carers within colleges. We hope that it will inspire and assist all colleges to build on good practice to develop their own approaches to identifying and supporting this student group. In doing so, this will ensure that students who are caring for others - students whom, in many instances, will have overcome very difficult circumstances and have aquired valuable transferable skills along the way - are able to reach their potential and successfully achieve their educational aims. 

Feedback

Carers Trust Wales will be contacting colleges across Wales in September 2018 for feedback on the implementation on the toolkit.

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Full of Care Report - Young Carers in Wales 2009

In 2009 the Children's Commissioner at the time, Keith Towler, launched new research and recommendations for Young Carers Services in Wales.
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Primary careHealth and wellbeingCommissioning for young carersSocial careEducationCommissioning
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Young carers
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Wales
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The report, entitled Full of Care, aimed to show the barriers young carers face achieving the rights laid out by the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, such as the right to education, to relax and play and to have their views respected. 

The document included the research project All Right Gov' that Powys Carers Service carried out in Summer 2008, travelling all over Wales to meet other young carers projects and listening to their experiences.

The report made a number of recommendations to both Welsh Government and local service boards as well as local authorities, health and The Department of Children, Education Lifelong Learning and Skills.

Early identification and intervention

The fact that 54% of young carers in this survey felt that they only got support in a crisis underlines the importance of early identification and intervention. However, the young carers who took part in this survey were those who had been identified and were receiving support. 

Much of the existing guidance is intended to prevent crises arising through early identification and intervention. It is clear though that there is often a considerable gap between national policy and local practice.

The message ‘Too little, too late’ still resonates today.

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Gofalwyr Ifanc mewn Ysgolion Offer Canllaw Cam wrth Gam (Cymru)

Mae pob cam yn cynnwys amryw o declynnau, gan gynnwys, pro fformas ac enghreifftiau.
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health careCarers servicesEducationCommissioning
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
Wales
Date Revised: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 09:00
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Cam 1: Meithrin dealltwriaeth ynglŷn â gofalwyr ifanc

Gwybodaeth Allweddol

 

Cam 2: Adolygu darpariaeth eich ysgol ar gyfer gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 1: Adolygiad o’r Man Cychwyn

FileTeclyn 2: Pro fforma ar gyfer gwneud argymhellion i arweinwyr ysgolion

FileTeclyn 3: Sut i gasglu barn gofalwyr ifanc am ddarpariaeth eich ysgol

FileTeclyn 4: Rhestr wirio ar gyfer casglu data ar bresenoldeb, cyrhaeddiad a chynnydd – ysgolion cynradd

FileTeclyn 5: Rhestr wirio ar gyfer casglu data ar bresenoldeb, cyrhaeddiad a chynnydd – ysgolion uwchradd

FileTeclyn 6: Arolwg i asesu lefelau dealltwriaeth a hyder staff ysgolion wrth ddiwallu anghenion gofalwyr ifanc

 

Cam 3: Sicrhau ymrwymiad gan arweinwyr yr ysgol

FileTeclyn 1: Rhestr wirio dyletswyddau Arweinydd yr Uwch Dîm Arweinyddiaeth parthed Gofalwyr Ifanc

FileTeclyn 2: Enghraifft o lythyr cyflwyno i lywodraethwyr ynglŷn â gofalwyr ifanc

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FileTeclyn 4: Rhestr wirio i helpu cyrff llywodraethu i werthuso effeithiolrwydd darpariaeth eu hysgol ar gyfer gofalwyr ifanc a’u teuluoedd

FileTeclyn 5: argedu arian y Grant Datblygu Disgyblion (os yn gymwys) i gynorthwyo gofalwyr ifanc: Enghreifftiau o arfer da

 

Cam 4: Cyflwyno Arweinydd Gweithredol ar gyfer Gofalwyr Ifanc yn yr Ysgol

FileTeclyn 1: Rhestr wirio dyletswyddau Arweinydd Gweithredol ar gyfer Gofalwyr Ifanc yn yr Ysgol

 

Cam 5: Cydnabod gofalwyr ifanc ym mhrif ddogfennau’r ysgol

FileTeclyn 1: Pwyntiau yr argymhellir eu cynnwys yn ymrwymiad yr ysgol gyfan

FileTeclyn 2: Rhestr wirio polisi’r ysgol o ran gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 3: Rhestr wirio ar gyfer prif ddogfennau eraill a ddylai gyfeirio at ofalwyr ifanc

 

Cam 6: Sefydlu systemau i ganfod pwy sy’n ofalwyr ifanc, eu hasesu a rhoi cymorth iddynt

FileTeclyn 1: Rhestr wirio o’r cymorth y gall gofalwyr ifanc fod ei angen

FileTeclyn 2: Rhedeg grŵp cymorth cyfoedion i ofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 3: Enghraifft o daflen y gall disgyblion ei chwblhau a’i phostio mewn blwch negeseuon

FileTeclyn 4: Sut mae rhedeg fforwm gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 5: Gweithio gyda nyrsys ysgol i roi cymorth i ofalwyr ifanc a’u teuluoedd

FileTeclyn 6: Gweithio mewn partneriaeth â gwasanaethau gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 7: Rhestr wirio ar gyfer gweithio effeithiol mewn partneriaeth rhwng ysgolion a gwasanaethau gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 8: Enghraifft o gytundeb gweithio ar y cyd i’w ddefnyddio gyda gwasanaethau ar gyfer gofalwyr ifanc

File Teclyn 9: Cynorthwyo gofalwyr ifanc i gyfranogi mewn addysg ôl-16

FileTeclyn 10: Cynorthwyo gofalwyr ifanc i symud ymlaen i fod yn oedolion

FileTeclyn 11: Rhestr wirio o’r cymorth y gall teuluoedd gofalwyr ifanc fod ei angen

 

Cam 7: Codi ymwybyddiaeth ymhlith staff yr ysgol ynglŷn â gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 1: Rhestr wirio o arwyddion bod disgybl yn ofalwr ifanc

PDF iconTeclyn 2: Enghraifft o ddeunydd ar gyfer hysbysfwrdd staff

FileTeclyn 3: Sut all staff ysgol gynorthwyo gofalwyr ifanc

FileTeclyn 4: Arweiniad i gynnal hyfforddiant staff

FileTeclyn 5: PowerPoint i’w ddefnyddio mewn hyfforddiant ar gyfer staff

FileTeclyn 6: Taflenni i’w ddefnyddio mewn hyfforddiant ar gyfer staff

FileTeclyn 7: Ffurflen werthuso hyfforddiant staff

 

Cam 8: Codi ymwybyddiaeth ymhlith disgyblion a theuluoedd ynglŷn âgofalwyr ifanc

PDF iconTeclyn 1: Enghraifft o ddeunydd hysbysfwrdd ar gyfer ysgolion cynradd

PDF iconTeclyn 2: Enghraifft o ddeunydd hysbysfwrdd ar gyfer ysgolion uwchradd

Office presentation iconTeclyn 3: Gweithgareddau a awgrymir ar gyfer gwasanaethau boreol/grwpiau tiwtor

PDF iconTeclyn 4: Gweithgareddau a awgrymir ar gyfer gwersi

PDF iconTeclyn 4a: Gweithgareddau a awgrymir ar gyfer gwersi parhad

FileTeclyn 5: Enghraifft o lythyr at rieni/warcheidwad

FileTeclyn 6: Enghraifft o erthygl ar gyfer cylchlythyr yr ysgol

 

Cam 9: Canfod, asesu a rhoi cymorth i ofalwyr ifanc a’u teuluoedd

FileTeclyn 1: Enghraifft o ffurflen gydsyniad ar gyfer rhannu gwybodaeth

FileTeclyn 2: Asesu Amlddimensiynol o Weithgareddau Gofalu

FileTeclyn 3: Deilliannau Cadarnhaol a Negyddol Gofalu

FileTeclyn 4: Holiadur Llesiant

FileTeclyn 5: Rhestr wirio arsylwi staff

 

Cam 10: Rhannu arfer da ag eraill

FileTeclyn 1: Rhannu arferion da - enghreifftiau o astudiaethau achos

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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.
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesSocial careEducationCommissioning
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung people
Location: 
Wales
Date Revised: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 08:45
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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

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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.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needs
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health careCarers servicesSocial careEducationCommissioning
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
Wales
Date Revised: 
Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 09:45
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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?

Email: Gill Winter, Carers Partnership Manager, Carers Trust Wales.

 

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