Young Carers

Young Carers at St Mary’s Blackbrook

At St Mary’s Blackbrook, 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.

Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school.

At St Mary’s Blackbrook, we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

Mrs B Knapper and Mrs K Heyes are the Young Carers’ Champions at school and they are responsible for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress.

If you think your child might be a young carer please contact Mrs Knapper or Mrs Heyes or your child’s class teacher.

As a school we have signed up to the Young Carers Schools Promise and this is displayed on our young carers notice board in our main corridor for all children to see.  You can read this document below.

At school, we have regular meetings and ‘Drop ins’ with our Young Carers, to let them know about all the activities the Young Carers have on offer,  And to listen and have alittle time to relax in a caring environment,

Useful links

Here are some links you may find useful:

School Nominated Governor for Young Carers:   Mrs Stafford – Barlow

Young carers tips


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