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 lead member of staff for young carers who co-ordinates 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.
Regular group work to foster peer led support in school
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 Spurgeons, the West Oxfordshire Young Carers Group and other young carers services.
Awareness raising activities across the whole school through assemblies and PSHE classes.
Wood Green maintains close links with young carers services including Spurgeons and the West Oxfordshire Hub 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 and 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 Jane Roberts, via the school reception. Students can also self-refer to the service through their form tutor.