What is a Young Carer-
You're a young carer if you're under 18 and help to look after a relative with a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem. If you're a young carer, you probably look after one of your parents or care for a brother or sister. You may do extra jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning or helping someone get dressed and move around. You may also give a lot of physical help to a parent, brother or sister who's disabled or ill. Along with doing things to help your brother or sister, you may be giving them and your parents emotional support, too.
What We Do -
At Catton Grove Primary School, we understand that the lives of children who are Young Carers can be different to those of other children. So, we will hold regular Young Carers lunches and invite the children to come and spend time with other Young Carers and staff. We make sure there is emotional support for Young Carers who need time to talk and may need some extra support. We make sure all teachers know about the Young Carers in their Year groups and let High Schools know at transition time about each Young Carer. We can also signpost families to outside agencies for support.
As a school, we are going for the Carers Trust Bronze award. The Young Carers in School program is an exciting England-wide initiative that aims to make it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and award good practice.
Who to Contact -
If you would like to add your child to the Young Carers list in school or would like a referral to external support, please call the school on 01603 426728 and ask for Miss Pacey or Mrs Rider.
Young Carers Staff