At Wanborough Primary School we want Young Carers to be recognised, feel supported and know they have someone to speak to if they need help. We have a Young Carers Policy
and we are raising awareness within the school amongst the children, staff and governors.
Some of our young helpers
Young Carers Awareness Day 25th January 2018 - 'Wear something Bright'
To increase awareness within Wanborough Primary School we put up posters around the school and Ms Hingley talked in assembly about what Young Carers are and how they help their families.
Everyone dressed in bright colours (see some examples below) and we collected £179.26
in donations for Young Carers in Swindon - Thank you!
‘A Young Carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol’ carerstrust
Here are some important facts that you may not know:
- There are over 700,000 Young Carers in the UK
- There are approximately 2 carers in every class of 30 pupils in the UK
- The average age of a Young Carer is 13
- Many Young Carers remain hidden
- 35% of Young Carers say that nobody in their school is aware of their caring role
At Wanborough Primary School:
- We are aware of 9 Young Carers at our school but there may be more
- 4 of our Young Carers are registered with Swindon Young Carers
- Our Young Carers range from age 5 to age 10
- Our Young Carers help look after a brother or sister, mum or dad or even several family members
- We have a Designated Young Carer Lead
We are really proud of our Young Carers.
If you feel your child may be a Young Carer please contact me at school Tuesday to Friday.
Ms Hingley – Young Carer Lead and T.A.
Young Carers are children and young people, up to the age of 18, whose lives are affected by looking after someone. This may include physical or learning disabilities, long term illness, mental health illness, or drug or alcohol challenges. This may be a parent, brother, sister or other family member.
The care they give maybe physical and /or emotional. The responsibilities may include:
- Personal care
- Giving Medication
- Looking after brothers or sisters
- Cheering up
- Helping fill in forms
- Reminding to do things
If you feel your child may be a Young Carer please contact our Young Carer Lead, Rachel Hingley
, so that we can help.
In addition to support at school you may also want to consider making a referral to Swindon Carers Centre
Every Young Carer can have an assessment of their needs. This will be completed by a Young Carers Support Worker and will help find the best services for the Young Carer. This normally takes about an hour and a Support Worker can meet in your own home or arrange an appointment at school.
Once the assessment has been carried out, the Young Carers Support Worker will offer a number of choices based on the level of that assessment that may include the following:
- telephone, text or e-mail support
- time out, away from home with a Young Carers Support Worker
- activities in small groups during school holidays
- short breaks and residential trips
- weekly/fortnightly groups mixing with other Young Carers of the same age.
- referral to other projects or groups
- possible funding for individual activities
Further information and referral forms can be found here:-
If you would like further information about support for Young Carers at Wanborough Primary School, you can return This Form
If you need any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Rachel Hingley, Young Carer Lead