What is a Young Carer?
The Downs CEP Whole School Commitment to Young Carers
The whole school is committed to meeting the needs of young carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other pupils/students and achieve their potential.
The school has a designated Young Carers’ School Lead with responsibility for young carers and their families. Pupils and families will be made aware of the identity of this lead and how to contact them to access support.
We are now running a Key Stage 1 Young Carers Group where we will be meeting up on a Friday afternoon and playing games.
The school only shares information with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.
The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.
The school uses Pupil Premium funding to minimise any barriers to education and learning experienced by eligible young carers.
The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with relevant external agencies, including the school nurse and the local young carers’ service.