College wins award for young carer support

Newton Abbot College has been given a Bronze award for their work with the Young Carers in their College Community.

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but the true figure could be closer to 800,000; equivalent to one in five secondary aged school students, many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.

To achieve the Bronze Award Newton Abbot College has demonstrated that it supports young carers in many ways, including homework clubs and drop-in sessions with a member of staff who is responsible for this vulnerable group of pupils. Vital information about how to identify young carers is made available to all school staff, and noticeboards and the school webpage let students and their families know where to go for help.

Deputy Safeguarding Lead, Head of House and Young Carers’ Group lead, Laura Bush, said: “We are thrilled to have been given the Bronze Award for our Young Carers initiative and will continue to improve and individualise the provision for our students. It is so important that this group of young people get the recognition and support they need. It has been especially important to continue support through these difficult times and we will do everything we can to help them throughout their time in our College community.”

Giles Meyer, Chief Executive of Carers Trust, today congratulated Award-winning schools, saying: “The Young Carers in Schools programme is helping to transform schools and support staff across England. Schools play a vital role in a young carer’s life, as many care for relatives without their teachers even knowing what they do. On average, young carers will miss a day of school each month as a result of their caring role, so the steps schools take to identify and support them can have a huge impact on their learning, wellbeing and life chances.”

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