Step 8: Raising Awareness of Pupils and Families About Young Carers

Step 8: Raising Awareness of Pupils and Families About Young Carers

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, supports schools to raise the awareness of pupils and families about young carers.
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24/02/17
I really enjoy learning about young carers and their life and would like to learn a lot more just in case it ever happens to me.
A pupil

To counteract the reasons why many young carers are hidden schools will need to proactively raise the awareness of pupils and their families about: 

  • What it means to be a young carer.
  • Disabilities, mental and physical ill-health, and alcohol and substance misuse issues with a focus on dispelling common stereotypes. 

Raising awareness in these areas can help pupils and their families self-identify as a young carer and help remove the stigma associated with certain disabilities, illness and alcohol and substance misuse, thus helping to prevent bullying.

PDF iconStep 8: Raising Awareness of Pupils and Families about Young Carers provides key information about the ways schools can raise awareness of pupils and families about young carers.

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.

I used to help out in the classroom occasionally and this was seen as a positive experience for children who have never met a wheelchair user before.  The school also invited other disabled speakers to talk to the children from time to time.
Parent

Tools 

Tools available to support Young Carers’ School Operational Leads include: 

The Young Carers’ School Operational Lead may also wish to download and use FileStep 5,Tool 1: Recommended points to include in a whole school commitmentto create a whole school commitment to young carers to display on staff noticeboards and the intranet.

Next step 

Once you have raised the awareness of pupils and families about young carer issues, go to Step 9: Identifying, assessing and supporting young carers in schools. 

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