Step 1: Gaining an understanding about young carers

Step 1: Gaining an understanding about young carers

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, provides key information about young carers for schools.
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24/02/17
As a young carer you often have many worries which can limit concentration. Young carers should have someone there within school to talk to about their caring roles with confidence and trust.
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Young carers experience particular challenges that impact on their capacity to achieve and enjoy their time at school.

To ensure your school's provision meets the needs of young carers, an essential first step is to develop your knowledge about young carer issues.

What guidance is available to help me learn about young carer issues?

PDF iconStep 1 Gaining an Understanding About Young Carersprovides essential information for schools about:

  • Who young carers are.
  • The types of activities their caring role might involve.
  • The likely number of young carers in each school and why so many are hidden.
  • The potential impacts of caring responsibilities on a pupil’s achievement and wellbeing.
  • Why a whole school model of identification and support is essential to meeting young carers’ needs.
  • Government’s and Ofsted’s approaches to young carers.
  • Young carers’ rights.

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 have witnessed young carers grow from strength to strength once they are identified and support is in place.
A Young Carers School Operational Lead

What to do next

Once you have built your understanding about young carers, go to Step 2: Reviewing your school's provision for young carers

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