Young Carers

At The Kimberley School, we aim to inspire every member of the school community to achieve their full potential and enjoy the experience. As part of this we aim to provide a community for young people which keeps them safe, supports their learning and enables them to meet their full potential.

 

The Kimberley School is committed to becoming ‘Young Carer Aware’ - identifying the needs of Young Carers and supporting Young Carers’ access to a full education, working in partnership with their families.

 

We are developing links with Nottinghamshire Carers Association to help young people, families and our school community to identify carers and safeguard them in an appropriate way.  Our recent commitment to Young Carers has led to the school being recognised and acknowledged with the ‘Bronze Young Carers in School Award’ from the Nottinghamshire County Council.

 

A Young Carer is defined as someone who is under 18 years of age who provides regular and ongoing care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled, or misuses substances.  These individuals will take on additional responsibilities to those appropriate to their age and development. 

 

Young carers may be primary carers, such as caring for a parent, or a secondary carer, such as helping to care for a sibling. 

 

A Young Carer may undertake some or all of the following: 

  • Practical tasks

  • Physical care

  • Personal and intimate care

  • Emotional support

  • Household management

  • Looking after siblings

  • Interpretation

  • Administering medication

 

At The Kimberley School we acknowledge that students may be Young Carers without having an official assessment and that students could be carers temporarily. 

 

Support that we may be able to offer for Young Carers is support with homework and extra-curricular activities, targeted intervention to support achievement where necessary and a safe place to support mental health and well-being.

 

If you believe your young person falls into this category or you would like support or more information then contact us via email youngcarer@kimberleyschool.co.uk.

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