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5. Tools to support services with limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services who have limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsPrimary CareSecondary CareDementia care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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England
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Friday, September 15, 2017 - 16:15
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This is section 5 of the tools in Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

For tools to support your work to signpost schools to the Young Carers in School programme in your local area, please see below: 

FileTool 1: Template text for use on websites (Word 948KB)

PDF iconTool 2: Young Carers in Schools impact inographic (PDF 162KB)

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4. Tools to support services to gather impact data from schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for services who want to gather impact data from schools.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsPrimary CareSecondary CareDementia care
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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England
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3. Tools to support services to build and maintain engagement with schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for schools who want to build and maintain engagement with schools.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsPrimary CareSecondary CareDementia care
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
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2. Tools to support services to raise the local profile of Young Carers in Schools

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services who want to raise the local profile of the Young Carers in Schools programme.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsPrimary CareSecondary CareDementia care
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
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Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
Date Revised: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 15:00
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This is section 2 of the tools in Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services. 

For tools to support your work to raise the profile of the Young Carers in School programme in your local area, please see below: 

FileTool 1: Template letter to local authorities (Word 953KB)

FileTool 2: Template letter to Regional Schools Commissioners (Word 954KB)

FileTool 3: Template letter to dioceses (Word 953KB)

FileTool 4: Template letter to local branches of education sector trade unions and associations (Word 951KB)

PDF iconTool 5: Education sector trade unions and associations newsletter articles/blogs promoting Young Carers in Schools (PDF 154KB)

FileTool 6: Template letter and newsletter articles to school networks promoting Young Carers in Schools (Word 954KB)

FileTool 7: Template text about Young Carers in Schools for use on websites (Word 950KB)

PDF iconTool 8: Young Carers in Schools impact infographic (PDF 162KB)

FileTool 9: Template letter to governors (Word 954KB)

FileTool 10: Template letter to headteachers (for young carers services which are currently in partnership with schools) (Word 952KB)

FileTool 11: Template letter for headteachers (for young carers who have not engaged with schools previously) (Word 953KB)

Office presentation iconTool 12: Young Carers in Schools introductory powerpoint (PP 1,996KB)

FileTool 13: Checklist of key messages to include in communications with schools (Word 950KB)

FileTool 14: Checklist of resources to hand out to schools (Word 948KB)

PDF iconTool 15: Young Carers in Schools A4 promotional leaflet (editable) (PDF 190KB)

FileTool 16: Young Carers in Schools quote bank (Word 951KB)

FileTool 17: A checklist to support governing bodies to evaluate the effectiveness of their school's provision (Excel 19KB)

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1. Tools to support services to secure funding for local school engagement work

This tool, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services, provides key information for young carers services on gaining funding for school engagement work.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsDementia care
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

This toolkit provides essential support to enable young carers services in England to significantly increase the identification and support of young carers in schools, and to secure vital new or continuation funding for local school engagement work.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needsPrimary CareSecondary CareAcute CareDementia care
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
Location: 
England
Date Revised: 
Friday, September 15, 2017 - 12:30
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About the toolkit

Download the whole toolkit here: PDF iconSupporting Young Carers in Schools: A Toolkit for Young Carers Services

This toolkit provides essential tools, templates and guidance for:

  • Services that already work closely with schools – enabling you to strengthen relationships with school staff, respond to the latest changes in the school system, and showcase achievements at an England-wide level. 
  • Services that are developing their local school engagement activities – making the development and delivery of effective local school engagement work easier than ever so that you can maximise impact in your local area. 
  • Services that do not currently have the capacity to engage directly with school staff – making securing funding as easy as possible and enabling you to implement simple, time-minimal actions to signpost schools to England-wide support in the meantime. 

How the toolkit can help

The toolkit explores the role of the Young Carers in Schools programme, an exciting initiative in England and Wales that makes it as easy as possible for schools to identify and support young carers, and awards good practice. It: 

  • Highlights the multiple benefits that Young Carers in Schools can bring to all services, including those with exisitng, successful school engagement programmes. 
  • Sets out the concept of the whole school approach to identifying and support young carers as promoted by Young Cares in Schools, and explains the rationale for this approach as the main aim of local school engagement work. 
  • Offers in-depth targeted advice on how services can secure funding for local school engagement work, engage school staff, maintain momentum and gather and showcase impact data. 
  • Provides a range of tools, templates and pro formas to make using Young Carers in Schools as easy as possible so that you can maximise the identification and support of young carers in you local area.

To download specific tools that accompany this toolkit, please follow the links below: 

  1. Tools to support services to secure funding for local school engagement work.
  2. Tools to support services to rasie the local profile of Young Carers in Schools.
  3. Tools to support services to build and maintain engagement with schools.
  4. Tools to support services to gather impact data from schools.
  5. Tools to support services with limited capacity to signpost schools to Young Carers in Schools.

 

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Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide tools (Wales)

Find all the tools you need to work through the Wales edition of the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff.
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Carers servicesSocial careEducationCommissioning
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Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carersFamilies
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AdultsOlder adultsYoung people
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Supporting young carers in schools in Wales

Designed with teachers and schools staff,  the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in primary and secondary schools in Wales as easy as possible. Set out in ten clear steps, the tools accompanying the guide are available for you to download and adapt to suit your school and purpose. Each step contains a range of tools including templates, proformas and exemplars.

Not all schools will need to use all the tools included here. Some may find it more helpful to choose those that help enhance the support they already offer to young carers and their families while others will want to simply start to build their activities over a number of years. See related links for the Welsh versions.

Step 1 - Gaining an understanding about young carers

Key infomation only. See Step by Step Guide 

Step 2 - Reviewing your school's provision for young carers

FileTool 1: Baseline review

FileTool 2: A proforma for making recommendations to school leaders

FileTool 3: How to gather young carers' views about your school's provision

FileTool 4: Checklist for gathering attendance, attainment and progress data - primary schools

FileTool 5: Checklist for gathering attendance, attainment and progress data - secondary schools

FileTool 6: Survey to assess levels of school staff understanding and confidence in meeting young carers' needs

Step 3 - Securing commitment from school leaders

FileTool 1: Young Carers Senior Leadership Team Lead duties checklist

FileTool 2: Exemplar introductory letter to governors about young carers

FileTool 3: Role and responsibilities of a governing body

FileTool 4: Checklist to support governing bodies evaluating the effectiveness of their schools provision for young carers and their families

FileTool 5: Targeting Pupil Development Grant funding (if eligible) to support young carers

Step 4 - Introducing a Young Carers School Operational Lead

FileTool 1: Young Carers School Operational Lead duties checklist

Step 5 - Acknowledging young carers in principle school documents

FileTool 1: Recommended points to include in a whole school commitment

FileTool 2: Young carers school policy checklist

FileTool 3: Checklist of other principle documents which should reference young carers

Step 6 - Setting up systems to identify, assess and support young carers

FileTool 1: Checklist of support young carers may need

FileTool 2: Running a peer support group for young carers

FileTool 3: Exemplar handout for pupils to complete and post into a message box

FileTool 4: How to run a young carers forum

FileTool 5: Working with school nurses to support young carers and their families

FileTool 6: Working in partnership with young carers services

FileTool 7: Checklist for effective partnership working between schools and young carers services

FileTool 8: Exemplar working together agreement for use with young carers services

FileTool 9: Supporting young carers to participate post 16

FileTool 10: Supporting young carers to transition into adulthood

FileTool 11: Checklist of support that families of young carers may need

Step 7 - Raising awareness of school staff about young carers

FileTool 1: Checklist of signs a pupil is a young carer

Tool 2: Exemplar staff noticeboard material

FileTool 3: How can school staff support young carers

FileTool 4: Staff training facilitator's guide

FileTool 5: Powerpoint for use in staff training

FileTool 6: Handouts for use in staff training

FileTool 7: Staff training evaluation forms

Step 8 - Raising awareness of pupils and families about young carers

Tool 1: Exemplar noticeboard material for primary schools

Tool 2: Exemplar noticeboard material for secondary schools

Tool 3: Suggested assembly/tutor group activities

Tool 4: Suggested lesson activities

FileTool 5: Exemplar letter to parent)s)/guardian(s)

FileTool 6: Exemplar school newsletter article

Step 9 - Identifying, assessing and supporting young carers and their families

FileTool 1: Exemplar information sharing consent form

FileTool 2: The Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA)

FileTool 3: The Positive and Negatives Outcomes of Caring (PANOC)

FileTool 4: Well-being questionnaire

FileTool 5: Staff observational checklist

Step 10 - Sharing good pratice with others

FileTool 1: Sharing good practice - case study examples

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Toolkit for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Providers

This toolkit provides essential tools, templates and guidance for ITE providers who already include young carers as a key topic within their training programmes and ITE providers who are developing their training content regarding young carers.
Area of Care: 
Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needs
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carersCarers in employment
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Health careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesCarers involvementInformation and adviceCommissioning for young carersSocial careEducationCommissioning
I work with: 
Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Time to think about you

Time to think about you is a new resource which has been co-produced with The Health Innovation Network (HIN) in South London to help carers self-identify and access support.
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Primary Care
Outcomes: 
Carer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Health carePrimary careCarers services
I work with: 
Adult carersYoung adult carersYoung carersParent carersSibling carersFamilies
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Time to think about you prompt card with slipThe Health Innovation Network and Carers Trust have worked with carers on Time to think about you.

Time to think about you is a project to encourage unpaid carers to be more aware of their own health, and the support available to them at their local GP and carers services.

We have developed a range of materials for this project, including a poster and prompt cards.

You can help us to raise awareness among carers by sharing these, putting them up in your workspaces, and giving them out to any carers you may know. 

Download the Time to think about you materials

The PDF above includes a slip that carers will hand to GPs and/or their local carer service.

Below are other versions of the prompt card and slip, and a larger A3 poster. Or if you work with carers and you want to print out several copies to hand out there is a PDF with 4 prompt cards to a page: 

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Supporting Young Carers Aged 5–8: A Resource for Professionals Working with Younger Carers

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Carers servicesCarers involvementCarers breaksInformation and adviceCommissioning for carersCommissioning for young carersEducation
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Young carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Whole UK
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 10:00
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Many people are shocked to hear that children as young as five years old have caring responsibilities.

However, the 2011 Census found that there were nearly 10 000 young carers aged 5–7 in England and Wales. Furthermore, the figures showed an 83% increase since 2001 in the number of 5–7 year olds providing unpaid care (UK Census, 2011).

This worrying rise in the number of very young children caring for family and friends, along with the many unidentified young carers, clearly demonstrates the need for the law to protect this vulnerable group of children and young people.

The Children and Families Act 2014 now gives young carers in England a right to an assessment of their own needs, no matter how much caring they do. Local authorities must proactively identify young carers, prevent them from having excessive and inappropriate caring roles and use a whole family approach to consider how the needs of a young carer or young adult carer are linked to the needs of a person receiving care.

Despite the fact that there are children under eight who have caring responsibilities, many services for young carers only start working with children once they reach eight years old. One of the reasons for this is uncertainty around whether a service working with very young carers is required to register with Ofsted.

As a result, many services are not targeting young carers under eight years old and young carers services in general may not have the expertise, resources or knowledge to work with this age group.

Part one of PDF iconSupporting Young Carers Aged 5-8: A Resource for Professionals Working with Younger Carers aims to bring clarity for services working with young carers, as to whether or not it is necessary for them to register with Ofsted if they choose to work with children under eight years old. This will of course depend on what a service delivers, however for some, as the guidance shows, registration may not be necessary. Part two presents some local practice being undertaken by Carers Trust Network Partner, Carers Lewisham, with young carers aged 5–8 and sets out what has been achieved by working with this young age group. 

We hope that taken together, this resource will inspire services to start supporting very young carers and will provide them with ideas about what support is useful, as well as how to deliver such a service.

As a consequence of dedicated support for this age group, it is also hoped that awareness of younger carers by other services and professionals will also improve, so that children and their families are identified earlier and receive timely support.

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