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Young Carers

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.

Key Stage 1 Young Carers group meet up on a various Friday afternoons and play games together.

Key Stage 2 Young Carers group meet up on various afternoons. On occasion the children can take part in activities such as cooking sessions at The Chequers, First Aid courses or simply a picnic at Walmer Baptist Church where they can play games together.  All trips will have a consent letter that will come home with your child.

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.

If you believe your child is a young carer, please follow the link below to sign up to become part of the Kent Young Carers Imago Community.

Referral - Kent Young Carers

Young Carers School Policy


Useful Links

Action for Children

The children's Society

NHS Help for Young Carers

Kent Young Carers

The Downs Church of England Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all Governors, staff, volunteers, parents and carers to share this commitment.