Best Practice

Helping young carers

Amanda Bostock discusses how her school has changed its practices to ensure that it offers full support to its young carers.

Although many schools have support services in place to aid the learning of vulnerable students, it is becoming increasingly important for schools to also offer social and behavioural support to make sure nothing stands in the way of young people achieving their full potential.

We have a Social Inclusion Team operating at George Spencer Academy, which specialises in providing emotional support to ensure that children feel happy and supported in order for them to achieve their full potential.

Recently we have focused on developing more individualised support for young carers in the school. A young carer is a young person aged between five and 18 who cares for a parent or sibling with a physical or mental health difficulty or a parent with substance misuse.

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