It is vital that schools acknowledge young carers in their principal school documents and proactively communicate these to pupils, families and staff.
I really do thank [my supportive teachers] for helping me get my uni place and carry on the dream that I had for my careers and not let it get affected by my caring role.
Doing so will support the creation of a whole school ethos where young carers and their families are respected and valued. It will also provide clarity about the roles and responsibilities of school staff in relation to young carers, and the type of support available to pupils and their families.
To achieve these benefits, schools will need to take a number of key actions:
- Develop a whole school commitment for young carers.
- Develop a school policy for young carers.
- Revise existing policy and documents to reflect young carers’ needs.
What guidance is available for schools?
Step 5: Acknowledging Young Carers in Principal School Documents sets out the key ways schools can incorporate young carers’ needs into their principal school documents.
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.
The following tools aims to make incorporating young carers' needs in principal school documents as easy as possible:
- Step 5, Tool 1: Recommended points to include in a whole school commitment
- Step 5, Tool 2: Young carers school policy checklist
- Step 5, Tool 3: Checklist of other principal documents which should reference young carers
What to do next
Once you have acknowledged young carers in your principal school documents go to Step 6: Setting up Systems to Identify, Assess, and Support Young Carers.
- Who are Young Carers?
- Young Carers and their Education
- Young Carers and School
- Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff
- Young Carers and Bullying
- Young Adult Carers and College
- Young Adult Carers at University
- Young Adult Carers - Employment and Training