At The Arches, we know we have pupils who qualify as young carers. A young carer is a child under the age of18 and often cares for a close family member who is ill, frail, possibly disabled or suffering from mental health difficulties.
These pupils often take responsibility for both the practical and emotional care of others when that responsibility would normally be assumed by an adult. Investigations suggest a minimum 700,000 young carers in the UK although many do not realise they are classed as such. We are aware young carers often need extra support to ensure they can fully access both the curriculum and other activities in school. The Arches is fully committed to ensure that all pupils identified as young carers within our school, are fully supported both in and out of school.
Mrs Wilkins, Head of Enhanced Provision, and Mrs Plested, Learning Mentor and Family Supprt Worker, are responsible for young carers referrals, working closely with Cheshire Young Carers throughout. This complements our school policy of ensuring all pupils have equal opportunities, access to learning and all school activities. This will enable our young carers pupils to enjoy and celebrate success alongside their non SYC peers. Cheshire Young Carers work tirelessly to offer outside school events and workshops for our young carers to truly rest and enjoy time as a child. These take place after school, at weekend of during school holidays and provide a vital space for young carers where they can feel unburdened by their usual responsibilities. Check out their Twitter page to see some of these amazing events! @CYC_youngcarers
For more information on Cheshire Young Carers, please visit https://www.cheshireyoungcarers.org/
If you are concerned about a child who may not be receiving the appropriate support they require as a young carer, please speak with Mrs Wilkins or Mrs Plested for more information.