The Young Carers in Schools Programme
Young Carers often remain hidden even to their schools, and it is not unusual for some to take on excessive and inappropriate caring roles within the family home. Where this happens school attendance and educational performance frequently suffer.
Sefton Carers Centre (SCC) has entered into a long-term partnership with The Carers Trust and the Children’s Society in order to support any school in Sefton that wishes to deliver the Young Carers in Schools Programme, (YCiSP).
YCiSP is a free England –wide initiative that helps schools to identify and support young carers with the intention of:
- Giving children the best start in life
- Raising educational attainment
- Improving life chances
Why should schools in Sefton take part?
The programme enables schools to:
- Gain national recognition for raising outcomes for young carers through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
- Demonstrate to Ofsted that your school is meeting the needs of young carers, specifically mentioned in the Common Inspection Framework 2015.
- Identify manageable steps to improve educational outcomes for this vulnerable pupil group – the programme breaks down the actions schools can take so that your school can prioritise what to do next.
- Access additional support from Sefton Carers Centre including advice, tools, good practice examples, and direct support for young carers and their families.
SCC is working successfully with several Sefton’s schools to deliver the YCiSP. As a result many hidden young carers have been identified and they are now enjoying the benefits of the programme and additional support.
For example, Young Carer Lead at Greenbank, High School in Birkdale, Paula Caunce said;
“This year, with support from Sefton Carers Centre we have raised awareness of Young Carer issues throughout our school. As a result we have identified, and highlighted to staff a large number of previously hidden Young Carers, and are supporting them, and their families in a variety of ways tailored to their individual needs”.
SCC wishes to build upon this success and to work with schools and other partners to ensure that similar support is available to young carers in all of Sefton’s schools.
Our approach would be tailored to the needs of each individual school and we would work with nominated staff to;
- Identify vulnerable young carers
- Put appropriate support plans and activities in place
Adopting a ‘whole family approach‘ the Carers Centre would also work outside of school with other voluntary and statutory agencies to improve the circumstances of the families of each young carer with the expectation that this would reduce the caring responsibilities of the pupil.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss how service could work with your staff to Identify, Assess and Support the young carers attending your school/college.
Sefton Carers Centre
Telephone: 0151 288 6060
Identifying Young carers and Understanding Their Needs
We hope that every organisation which comes into contact with children and young people is able to identify young carers, to confidently assess their needs and to refer appropriately to either our service or to another appropriate source of support.
To help organisations identify young carers and assess their needs we have introduced two assessment tools. Both tools have been developed by Nottingham University and identify both the nature of their caring role, how many hours they dedicate to these tasks (MACA) and what impact these responsibilities are having upon them (PANOC)
MACA - Multi-dimensional Assessment of Caring Activities
PANOC – Positive and Negative Outcomes of Caring
Both tools are simple questionnaires which can be completed by the young carer themselves, although some younger carers might require assistance.
Click here to locate a copy of each tool and the accompanying guidance notes.
If you intend to use these tools please let us know and we will offer you further assistance.
Young Carers Aged 14 – 24 years in Transition to Adulthood
For young carers the transition from childhood to adulthood can be much more difficult than for their peers who don’t have a caring role, and they are at greater risk of underachieving or becoming NEET. Being less likely than other children of their age to go on to college, university, training or employment when they leave school can severely damage their prospects in life and prevent them from achieving their full potential. With the support of the Lloyds Foundation, Sefton Carers Centre commissioned independent research in order to determine what must be in place to ensure that Sefton’s young adult carers can make the transition to adulthood successfully. Further information and a copy of our report will be published soon to this page.
Raising greater awareness of the needs and experiences of young carers