We are extremely please to announce that we have been awarded the Young Carers in Schools Bronze Award.
The Young Carers in Schools programme, offers schools step-by-step guidance, practical tools and training opportunities to support pupils and students who have caring responsibilities. Schools are assessed and can be awarded a bronze, silver or gold award to recognise their work with young carers.
Led by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society's Young Carers in Focus partnership, Young Carers in Schools has been developed with teachers and school staff to make it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and reward good practice.
Recent research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children's Society shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role. Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook describes young carers as a particularly vulnerable group of pupils that schools should support. While some schools are doing this really well, others struggle and this causes real problems for young carers.
Matthew, 17, a young carer from Sheffield, points out the desperate need for the new programme: “I’d like the educational system to be more supportive of young carers. Once, I tried to ring my mum and the teacher took my phone… they don’t get it.”
More information about the Young Carers programme can be found HERE