Step 6: Setting up Systems to Identify, Assess and Support Young Carers

Step 6: Setting up Systems to Identify, Assess and Support Young Carers

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, helps schools to set up systems to identify and support this vulnerable pupil group.
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29/04/15

To help ensure no young carer slips through the net, schools need to take a proactive approach to identifying and supporting young carers. 

It's difficult to talk to teachers.  It's not easy to explain ... It's always in the corridor or class.  I just don't tell them.
Young carer

All schools should ensure they have agreed procedures in place in place to identify, assess, support and refer young carers and their families.

What guidance is available to support schools set up the appropriate systems?

PDF iconStep 6: Setting up Systems to Identify, Assess and Support Young Carers provides key information about the different systems schools can implement to meet young carers' needs effectively.  

It aims to make it as easy as possible for schools to prioritise which systems they will implement next, by categorising the systems into:  

  • The basics
  • Beyond the basics
  • Best practice
The [peer support] group allowed me to talk in a safe place without being laughed at.
 Young carer

This step is taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-Teaching Staff. The steps from this guide are designed to be used in order.

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What to do next

Once you have set up processes to identify, assess and support young carers, go to Step 7: Raising awareness of school staff about young carers

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