Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff
This resource has been designed with teachers and school staff to help make the identification and support of young carers in schools as easy as possible. It is for use in primary and secondary schools in England but could be easily adapted for use in the rest of the UK.
- It forms part of the Young Carers in Schools programme, a free England wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice.
- Together with the programme's webinars, resources and the termly newsletter , the Step-by-step Guide will help schools achieve the Young Carers in Schools Award. The Award will be re-launched in January 2024
- If you'd like to stay up-to-date with new and relevant information to identify and support young carers, sign-up to receive the Young Carers in Schools termly newsletter.
Many schools are delivering exceptional practice, making a real and positive difference to the young carers they support. Other schools have told us they want to achieve these excellent outcomes, but don't know where to begin.
The Step-by-Step Guide follows ten key steps to implementing effective identification and support for young carers in schools. Download the full Guide in the download section of this page and visit the Young Carers in Schools website for 40+ tools to accompany this.
Making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers
The Step-by-step Guide has been developed with teachers and school staff who understand the pressures that schools face to deliver the very wide range of demands placed upon them. As a result it is designed to be as flexible and helpful as possible.
Each step is accompanied by key information and practical tools, which schools can use and adapt to suit their school structure and local circumstances.
Not all schools will need to use all the tools included. Some may find it more helpful to choose those that will help enhance the support they already offer to young carers and their families while other will want to simply start and build their activities over a number of years.