At Sir Robert Pattinson Academy we are a young carer friendly school and recognise the difficulties our young carers may experience with their attendance, attainment and their general well-being.
Who are young carers?
Young carers are children and young people who look after someone in their family who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. Young carers often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
A young carer may undertake some or all of the following:
- Practical tasks, such as cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as lifting, helping a parent on stairs or with physiotherapy.
- Personal care, such as dressing, washing, helping with toileting needs.
- Managing the family budget, collecting benefits and prescriptions.
- Administering medication.
- Looking after or “parenting” younger siblings.
- Emotional support.
- Interpreting, due to a hearing or speech impairment or because English is not the family’s first language
As part of the support the Academy offers its young carers, students have access to the Hive; a Friday lunchtime drop- in providing our young carers with a place where they can complete homework, relax and chat with other students who are in a similar situation to themselves. Students are also invited to the rewards afternoons at the end of each full term. This is to recognise their continued hard work across the academy and provides an opportunity for the students to plan for the next phase of their work.
Miss J Lilley supports this group of students and ensures new students to the academy are aware of what support is available. We can provide students with confidential support and advice through our school mentoring programme and we allow young carers to telephone home during break and lunch-times. Staff are also aware of who our young carers are in the Academy. Students, staff and parents also have access to our Young carers email address: email@example.com.
If you think your child is a young carer, please contact Miss J Lilley, Learning Mentor, Young Carers Lead: JLilley@srpa.co.uk
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“It’s good because I’m happy to know that some of my friends are young carers.”
Y7 Young Carer
“I am proud to be a young carer as it shows my love for my parents and how much I care.”
Y8 Young Carer
“I like being a young carer because you can have encouragement at school by the young carers group.”
Y9 Young Carer
“No problem is too big or small and teachers will listen help and understand.”
Y10 Young Carer