We are delighted to announce that our school has become the first Primary School in Sutton to achieve the ‘Supporting Young Carers in Schools’ Award by the Young Carers Service at Sutton Carers Centre.
A Young Carer is anyone under the age of 18, who is responsible for the emotional, practical and/or physical care for someone in their household, such as a parent, grandparent or sibling. The person they care for may have a physical disability, mental health issue and/or substance misuse issue.
One in five school children is a Young Carer. This means that on average, there are six Young Carers in every classroom, many of whom are unidentified, unrecognised and unsupported. Carers Trust and The Children’s Society found that Young Carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year and that 68% of Young Carers feel bullied or isolated at school. As a result, Young Carers generally have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level, because of their caring role. This is why raising awareness in schools and training staff on how to identify Young Carers is so important.
At Robin Hood Junior School, Mrs Rose, Mrs Rix and Miss Brown have developed a programme that provides support to the Young Carers in our school. We run Young Carer peer support sessions and a homework club every week to ensure that these most-giving children reach their full potential. Our school library has a range of books and resources about various disabilities and illnesses to ensure that Young Carers and their peers have access to appropriate information and can develop a better understanding of how caring can impact on their lives. We always encourage Young Carers to have their say and ensure that their voices are heard throughout the school.
Councillor Chris Williams, Lead Member for Young Carers said, “I am delighted by the news that Robin Hood Junior School, working in partnership with the Sutton Young Carers Service at Sutton Carers Centre, has achieved the ‘Supporting Young Carers in School’ Bronze Award. I hope that the pupils and staff are justly proud of their achievement, and that we can look forward to a growing number of schools in Sutton embracing this important work.”
If you think you might know a young person in our school with caring responsibilities, please speak to Mrs Rose who will be happy to introduce the child to the support available.
A Sutton Guardian article recognising this achievement can be found by clicking here: https://www.yourlocalguardian.co.uk/news/17639147.sutton-robin-hood-junior-school-receives-young-carers-award/