Young Carers Policy
At Adswood Primary School we believe that all children and young people have the right to an education, regardless of what is happening at home.
When a young person looks after someone in their family who has a serious illness, disability or substance misuse problem, he or she may need a little extra support to help him or her get the most out of school. Our Young Carers Policy says how we will help any pupil who helps to look after someone at home.
- Has a trained member of staff with special responsibility for young carers and lets all new pupils and their families know who they are and what they can do to help in order to ensure that young carers are identified at the earliest opportunity. Training will be updated as necessary.
- Has a designated named governor who makes provision for policy and practice that supports young carers and promotes good communication with their families.
- Ensures young carers have the same access to educational activities as their peers and each young carer has an individual plan to address individual circumstances, e.g. organising transport to and from school for pupils and / or parents.
- Leads assemblies on the challenges faced by young carers during each school year.
- Can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services.
- Is accessible to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties and involves them in parents’ evenings.
- Respects the right to privacy and will only share information about young carers and their families with people who need to know to help them.
- Will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to be punctual or attend out of school activities e.g. sports coaching, concerts, due to their caring role.
- Will approve in a genuine crisis, school absence for a child to care for a relative until other arrangements can be made.
- Allows young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.
- Can give parents advice about how to get their children into school where transport is a problem.
- Ensures that parents who are disabled or have long-term illness, mental health, visual, hearing or communication problems are nonetheless able to access the full range of school events and activities, including meetings and parents evenings which could be arranged in the home if necessary.
- Promotes a positive image of disability and impairment for pupils and parents.
- Ensures that through staff meetings and dissemination of literature, all staff are aware of the responsibilities and implications faced by young carers, will listen to them and are sympathetic to their needs, signposting them to the Learning Mentor when necessary.
POLICY REVIEW DATE: SEPTEMBER 2017