Students who fulfil a caring role at home often have many additional responsibilities aside from school. A young carer may be:
Looking after a parent, sibling or other relative.
Providing physical, emotional or social support.
Looking after someone with a physical illness, disability, learning difficulty or a mental health condition.
At Wood Green, we understand that these additional responsibilities mean that students who are young carers sometimes need some extra support to help them thrive and succeed at school. Because of this, Wood Green has a dedicated Young Carers Lead Worker who provides the following support for students:
1 on 1 support including assessment, a safe space to talk about their responsibilities and mentoring to help students make the most of school.
A weekly young carers group for students to meet other young carers in school, share experiences and seek support.
Liaising with teachers and other staff in school where necessary about a students caring role to help them with things like homework and access to extracurricular activities.
Support and help with funding in order to access extracurricular opportunities or improve a student’s wellbeing.
Signposting and referring to the OCC Young Carers service and other young carers services.
Awareness raising activities across the whole school.
Wood Green maintain close links with OCC Young Carers services to provide the best possible support to students in and out of school.
We aim to understand and meet the needs of students who fulfil a caring role at home and encourage parents/carers to let us know if their child is a young carer.
If your child might be a young carer please contact the Young Carers Lead Worker, Jane Roberts, via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the school reception. Students can also self-refer via email or through their form tutor.
Wood Green School achieved the Oxfordshire County Council Young Carers Standards' Bronze Award for its work with Young Carers in June 2017.