To meet the needs of young carers in your school, it is vital that all school staff understand why young carers need support to enjoy and achieve at school, and the simple things they can do to raise the attendance, attainment and wellbeing of these pupils as part of their wider roles within the school.
Having the ability to ask yourself 'who is having a bad day?' and adjust your behaviour accordingly is one of the most important things teachers have.
Building staff understanding about young carer issues does not mean creating additional functionality within staff’s existing roles. Rather, by being aware of how to identify and support young carers, staff will be better equipped to fulfil their existing roles within the school, and schools will identify and support young carers more effectively.
What guidance is available to help raise the awareness of school staff about young carers?
Download Step 7: Raising Awarness of School Staff about Young Carersto find out more about:
- Why it is important to raise the awareness of all staff members
- The different ways in which awareness can be raised, including top tips for developing and maintaining effective young carer noticeboard material. As schools will be in different stages of their journey to implementing support for young carers, the ways to raise awareness are categorised into the basics, beyond the basics and best practice.
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.
Tools available to support Young Carers School Operational Leads to raise school staff awareness include:
- Step 7, Tool 1:Checklist of signs a pupil is a young carer
- Step 7, Tool 2:Exemplar staff noticeboard material
- Step 7, Tool 3: How can school staff support young carers
- Step 7, Tool 4: Staff training facilitator guide
- Step 7, Tool 5: Powerpoint for use in staff training
- Step 7, Tool 6: Hand outs for use in staff training
- Step 7, Tool 7:Staff training evaluation form
The Young Carers School Operational Lead may also with to download and use Step 5, Tool 1: Recommended points to include in a whole school commitment to create a whole school commitment to young carers to display on staff noticeboards and the intranet.
What to do next
Once you have raised the awareness of school staff, go to Step 8: Raising awareness of pupils and families about young carers.
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- 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
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- Young Adult Carers and College
- Young Adult Carers at University
- Young Adult Carers - Employment and Training