Young Carers

 

Young Carers Statement of Intent

 

At Howbridge C of E Junior School, we are aware that some of our pupils are Young Carers.  Young carers are children under 18 who are caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is physically or mentally ill, frail, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.  They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.  Research suggests there are at least 800,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

 

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school and at Howbridge C of E Junior School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are Young Carers are identified and supported effectively.  We aim to understand the issues faced by Young Carers and we are working to raise awareness and support the particular needs that Young Carers may have and aim to provide a safe and supportive environment for those students who may have more responsibility at home than their peers.

 

For example:

  • We have two members of staff who, as the Young Carers Leads, have a special responsibility for Young Carers.
  • We work closely with Essex Young Carers Service and can put students and their families in touch with them and their support services.
  • We can provide students with support and advice in school.
  • We respect each student’s right to privacy as a Young Carer and will only share information on a need to know basis.

 

As Howbridge C of E Junior School Young Carers’ Leads we have the responsibility for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress.  If you think your child might be a Young Carer, or could be affected by any of the issues highlighted or have any further questions, please contact us via the school office and we can arrange to speak directly.  Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.