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What is a Young Carer?

 

A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after a relative who has a condition, such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol problem. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.

 

Stoke Primary School is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils/students and achieve their potential.

 

The school has a designated Young Carers’ School Lead with responsibility for young carers and their families. The Senior Leadership Team (SLT) Lead for the school is Mr. Richard Davies, and the Operational Lead is the schools Family Support Worker - Mrs Caroline Monkton-Bull.

 

The Lead Governor for Young Carers at Stoke Primary is Ms Christina Connolly.

 

For further information regarding Young Carers, click on the website link www.YoungCarersCoventry.co.uk

 

Additional Support for Young Carers

 

In School

  • There is a Young Carers Message Box located with the Worry box by hygiene suite
  • Homework support available on Thursday lunchtimes with the Learning Mentors.
  • Drop in sessions with Mrs Monkton-Bull
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Monday

 

Wednesday

 

Friday

Break time

10.30-10.45am

 

Lunchtime

12.30-1.15pm

 

Break time

10.30-10.45am

 

Out of School

 

Babble

Babble has been created by Carers Trust as an online space where those aged under 18 who are caring for a family member or friend can chat, share their experiences and access information and advice. The site aims to bring together young carers from across the UK in an online space which is safe, fun and supportive. The online team are on hand to answer any questions young carers might have, and to offer support and advice via e-mail or one-to-one webchats.

https://babble.carers.org/

 

Matter

Carers Trust’s dedicated website for young adult carers, aged 16–25, providing information, advice, email support and supervised message board and chat sessions.

https://matter.carers.org

 

Young Carers in Focus

An online network that provides a safe, moderated space for young carers to use – to communicate, share their stories and campaign for the things that matter most to them. Any school can join the YCiF network and invite the young carers they work with to create their own user account, through which they can blog, upload media and communicate with other young carers across the UK.

https://www.makewav.es/joinycif

 

The following is a letter that has been sent out to Parents/Guardians of Young Carers. If you require more information, please download a copy of the letter (at the bottom of this page) and return it with the Reply Slip.

 

Dear parents/carers

 

Identifying and supporting young carers at Stoke Primary School

 

At Stoke Primary school we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

 

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At Stoke Primary School we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

 

As Stoke Primary Young Carers’ Lead I have 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 we’ve highlighted, please let me know by filling in the form below and bringing it into school in a sealed envelope addressed to me. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, or have any further questions, please contact me on 02476 451724 Option 4 to speak to me directly.

 

Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.

 

The school receives extra funding for each child/young person eligible for free schools meals, which can be put towards extra support and provision for young carers. It is therefore important that children are registered for free school meals, even if they do not want, or need the school meal. For more information on how this money is spent please visit the schools website www.stoke.coventry.sch.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 


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