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.
A Young Carer provides care, assistance or support to another familiy member who has a learning disability, a physical or long-term mental illness, or has a substance misuse problem.
The carry out, often on a regular basis, significant or substantial caring tasks, taking a level of responsibilty that is inappropriate to their age or development.
Young Carers may also care for parents with periodic spells of illness, such as poor mental health, where in a acute phase; the caring role is sudden and intense.
The nature and extent of the difficulties that Young Carers face will depend on a number of factors, however many Young Carers find that their lives are significantly affected by their caring responsibilities.
Please speak to Ms Hingley if you feel your child is a Young Carer.
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:
If you would like further information about support for Young Carers at Wanborough Primary School, you can return This Form.
Rachel Hingley, Young Carer Lead