Young Carers in School
Every school will have young carers.
- Lack of interaction in classroom activities because of tiredness.
- Lateness or poor attendance.
- Challenging behaviour like anger and frustration.
- Bullying issues.
- Lack of engagement from home or nobody showing up to parents evenings.
- Homework arriving late or not completed.
- Falling academic performance.
- Tiredness, stress or poor concentration.
1. Be aware
There are young carers in your school. Every school in Wales will have a child or young person carrying out a caring role.
2. Know the signs
There is training here.
3. Have systems in place
- Promote awareness across the school.
- Train staff, including new staff, about young carers and the role they play.
- Consider having a question on your admissions form so that parents or young people can inform you at the beginning of the school life.
- Include young carers in your school policies.
- Have a young carer lead on your school councils or pupil representative team (this doesn't have to be a young carer).
- Provide up to date information on young carers groups.
Give these children and young people the support they need by giving them a person they can go to.
Other things include having:
- A young carers lunchtime club.
- A ‘telephone allowance’ card so that young carers can phone home if they need to check on parents.
- Be flexible with deadlines and give extensions for homework or coursework if needed.
- Make time for conversation.