Research has shown that:
- 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with a drug or alcohol problem (Dearden C, Becker,S)
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GSCE level - the difference between nine B's and nine C's (The Children's Society)
- They are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19 (The Children's Society)
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring role (Carers Trust)
Young Carers In Schools Award
Ann-marie Leather, St Helens Young Carers Centre's School Liaison Officer is working closely with a number of local schools to help them support Young Carers effectively within their schools,
St Helens Young Carers Centre has been selected as one of 14 Young Carers Centres in England to be able to initiate this ne wprogramme in schools.
Young Carers in Schools is an exciting England wide initiative that equips schools to support young carers and awards the school's good practice with a series of awards.
Run jointly by Carers Trust, The Children's Soceity Young Carers in Focus and locally, St Helens Young Carers Centre, we are improving the identification and support of Young Carers in schools, so that they get the help they need. The initiavite is being funded by The Queen's Trust and The Big Lottery Fund.
By taking part in the programme, Schools will be bale to show they are meeting the needs of a particular vulnerable group of pupils (specifically mentioned in OFSTED's School Inspection Handbook).
Local schools can now apply for an award (Bronze to Gold) for the support they offer to Young Carers. If your school would like to apply for the Young Carers Award, please contact Ann-Marie Leather on 01744 67 72 79 and she will explain the simple process to you. Alternatively contact Ann-marie by completing our feedback form by pressing the button below and let us know which school you are form and your contact details.