At Brannel School we are aware that some of our students are Young Carers. A Young Carer is a child or young person (under 18) who provides care and support for a family member who may be affected by ill health, a disability, mental ill health or substance misuse. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.
We know that our Young Carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. We are committed to ensuring students who are Young Carers are identified and supported effectively.
We are pleased to have achieved the Young Carers in Schools Programme Bronze Award for identifying, supporting and continued help we provide to our Young Carers.
We hold a monthly ‘drop-in’ session for your Young Carers where they can all meet for an extended lunch hour. We use this time to concentrate on certain subjects that may affect them e.g. well being, mental health, stress, managing school etc. or sometimes we just have fun e.g. making smoothies, festive creative gifts, etc. or talk about what activities the group would like to do. A dedicated Young Carers Worker will also come along to the drop-in session to offer support.
Further information is provided in our Young Carers’ Policy which can be viewed from the School Policies page of this website.
We try and arrange a termly outing for our Young Carers. We have visited Clip and Climb, Laser Tag, Retallick Aqua Park, iBounce and ice skating. This is a great opportunity for these young people to have some down time and perhaps take part in activities they may not otherwise get to do.
Mrs Caroline Hunt is Brannel School’s Young Carers Lead and has responsibility for ensuring they are able to enjoy school and make good progress.
If you think your child might qualify as a Young Carer or could be affected by any of the issues highlighted, please read our Young Carers Letter, complete the Young Carers Form and bring it into school in a sealed envelope addressed to Mrs Caroline Hunt.
If you do not feel comfortable doing this, or have any further questions, please contact Mrs Hunt on 01726 828262 (direct line). Alternatively, please email [email protected]
Any information that is provided will be treated sensitively. No information will be shared without your permission.
Kernow Young Carers Service www.kernowyoungcarers.org
Contact: 01872 321486
Email: [email protected]