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Young Carers Policy

At St John’s CE Primary School we believe that all children and young people have the right to an education, regardless of what is happening at home.

When a young person looks after someone in their family who has a serious illness, disability or substance misuse problem, he or she may need a little extra support to help him or her get the most out of school. Our Young Carers Policy says how we will help any pupil who helps to look after someone at home.


Our school:

  • Has a member of staff with special responsibility for young carers and lets all new pupils know who they are and what they can do to help. This identified person is Mrs. Knight
  • Runs a PSHE lesson on the challenges faced by young carers during years 4, 5 and 6. Paul Moran from within the LA supports with this.
  • Can put young carers in touch with the local Young Carers Service. We can also put families in touch with other support services and can refer into the service.
  • Is accessible to parents who have mobility and communication difficulties and involves them in parents’ evenings.
  • Respects your right to privacy and will only share information about you and your family with people who need to know in order to help you.
  • Will consider alternatives if a young carer is unable to attend out of school activities e.g. detention, sports coaching, concerts, due to their caring role
  • Allows young carers to telephone home during breaks and lunchtimes.
  • Complies with the Disability Discrimination Act by offering disabled parents support to get their children into school.