What is a Young Carer? How do we support Young carers at Lacey Gardens?
Young carers can be a member of any family, from any background, and in any situation.
At Lacey Gardens we are aware that some children may well have caring roles at home. We believe that all young people should have equal access to education, regardless of what is happening at home. When a young person looks after somebody in their family who has a disability, mental or physical ill-health or substance misuse problem(s), they may need a little extra support to help them get the most out of school.
We aim to understand the issues faced by young carers and to support any children who helps to look after somebody at home.
- We have members of staff (Miss Sheeran, Mr Harris and Mrs Thornley) who have the responsibility for young carers;
- We can provide children with support and advice in school;
- All teaching staff are aware if a child in their class is part of our Young Carers group
- We work closely with the Lincolnshire young carers’ service and can put families in touch with them and other support services if / when required;
Young carers may be supporting a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or any other relative at home:
- with a physical disability
- with a mental health condition
- with a learning disability
- who misuses alcohol or drugs
- with a sensory impairment, such as hearing or sight loss
- with a life limiting condition
- with any other long term illness or condition
At Lacey Gardens our Young Carers group has been running for several years and over this time we have enjoyed lots of fun and exciting activities both in school and out. At present we are aiming to achieve being awarded the Young Carers in School Award which will be a great achievement for all of us. Children have the benefit of being able to have someone to talk to when they need to, and feel a lot safer and secure within school. The children know they are not going to be judged and that someone understands the additional responsibilities that they have to shoulder. It also makes these children happier when they see other young carers within school coping with their challenges and give great support to each other.