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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.
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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
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Young adult carersYoung carers
Caring for: 
AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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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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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Carers servicesCommissioning for young carersEducation
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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.
Area of Care: 
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

File Tool 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

PDF iconTool 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

PDF iconTool 1: Exemplar noticeboard material for primary schools

PDF iconTool 2: Exemplar noticeboard material for secondary schools

Office presentation iconTool 3: Suggested assembly/tutor group actvities

PDF iconTool 4: Suggested lesson activities

PDF iconTool 4: Suggested lesson activitiesPDF iconTool 4a: Suggested lesson activities continued

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.
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Health careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesCarers involvementInformation and adviceCommissioning for young carersSocial careEducationCommissioning
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Young adult carersYoung carersSibling carersFamilies
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AdultsOlder adultsYoung peopleChildren
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Young Carers in Schools Resources for Young Carers Services and Local Authorities

These resources make it as easy as possible for young carers services and local authorities to raise school awareness of the Young Carers in Schools programme in their local area.
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Young Carers in Schools is a free England wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice. 

Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners, Young Carers in Schools supports and celebrates effective local partnership working.  It is funded by The Queen’s Trust and Big Lottery Fund until March 2017. 

How does Young Carers in Schools support local partnership working with schools?

  • Celebrating effective partnership working through the Young Carers in Schools Award – validating the hard work carried out locally to develop good links between schools and young carers services.
  • Raising the profile of young carer support in schools.
  • Encouraging schools to take a proactive approach to developing and maintaining effective links with their local young carers service, supporting timely and appropriate referrals.
  • Raising schools’ awareness of young carers’ rights under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.

Tools for local authorities and young carers services:

Reflecting the differing capacities of young carers services and local authorities, a range of tools are available to make it as easy as possible for you to raise school awareness of the programme locally, including:

 

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Step 10: Sharing Good Practice with Others

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, aims to help schools share good practice in identifying and supporting young carers.
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PreventionWellbeingHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Education
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Young carers
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England
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It is vital that schools that have adopted Steps 1 to 9 of this Step-by-step Guide, share their good practice and lessons learnt with feeder and linked schools including others in their school cluster or multi academy trust.

By doing so they will ensure positive outcomes are delivered for young carers attending other schools. They will also make it more likely that the caring role of pupils enrolling or transferring to their school is identified by others prior to the pupil’s transition. This will make it easier for schools to implement support and early intervention.

Identifying a young carer early can stop them taking on caring roles which are excessive or inappropriate. Make sure no child or young person’s education, wellbeing and potential is affected by their caring role, by sharing your good practice today.  

Sharing good practice with schools is PDF iconStep 10 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.

Schools should seek opportunities to share effective practice by:

  • Disseminating learning with feeder and linked schools, including others in their school cluster or multi-academy trust through transition planning, joint training, mail outs and other information forums
  • Participating in the regional networks organised by the Young Carers in Schools programme. The regional networks bring together schools, young carers services and other agencies to share expertise and access training. Opportunities are available online and face-to-face to make sure everyone can get the most out of these networks

Tools

FileStep 10, Tool 1: Sharing good practice - A case study example

What to do next? 

The development of effective support for young carers in schools is a reiterative process of continual improvement.  Schools should review their provision at least annually. Reviews should be timetabled at appropriate points within the school calendar so that they:

  • Inform the school’s processes for planning and reviewing its use of Pupil Premium funding.
  • Ensure that where appropriate young carers are considered as part of the whole school development plan. 

For guidance and tools to support schools to review their provision return to Step 2: Reviewing your school's provision for young carers.

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Step 9: Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Young Carers and their Families

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, sets out the key actions that schools should follow when they identify a pupil who is, or may be, a young carer.
Outcomes: 
PreventionWellbeingHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Education
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Young carers
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England
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Without supportive teachers I wouldn't have continued my academic career in the way that I have...I really do thank them. 
Young carer

Each time the school identifies a pupil as a young carer, the Young Carers School Operational Lead should ensure a number of key actions are taken to:

  • Assess the needs of this pupil and of their family.
  • Secure consent for information to be shared.
  • Establish the involvement of staff and other professionals to plan and implement support.
  • Develop and agree pupil plans/provision maps.
  • Deliver support.
  • Monitor and review impact on the young carer and their family

PDF iconStep 9: Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Young Carers and their Familiescategories these key actions into those you should take to deliver a basic level of provision for young carers, to move beyond the basics, and to achieve 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 

Tools available to support schools undertake the actions, set out in Step 9: Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Young Carers and their Families, include: 

Next step 

Go to Step 10: Sharing good practice with others.

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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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PreventionWellbeingHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
I work in: 
Education
I work with: 
Young carers
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England
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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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Step 7: Raising Awareness of School Staff 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 their staff about this vulnerable pupil group.
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PreventionWellbeingHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Education
I work with: 
Young carers
Location: 
England
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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.
Teacher

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.

Identifying a young carer early can stop them taking on caring roles which are excessive or inappropriate. No child or young person’s education, wellbeing and potential should be affected by their caring role.

What guidance is available to help raise the awareness of school staff about young carers?

Download PDF iconStep 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 

Tools available to support Young Carers School Operational Leads to raise school staff awareness include: 

The Young Carers School Operational Lead may also with to download and use FileStep 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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