Here at William Hulme’s Grammar School, we identify, recognise and actively support students who are Young Carers to ensure their well-being is fully considered and that their academic achievement is meeting expected levels of progress.
A young carer is someone under 21 years of age, who is helping to look after someone at home. They may be looking after a parent, grandparent, sibling or other relative and the person they look after may have one or more of the following:
- A physical disability (including sensory disability)
- A Learning disability
- Mental health issues
- Chronic or terminal illness
- A substance misuse problem
A young carer typically takes on further responsibilities that are extra to those appropriate for their age and ability.
A young carer’s responsibilities may include:
- Physical help such as washing, toileting, dressing, feeding, help with mobility, administering medication and ensuring safety
- Domestic help such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, paying bills and child care
- Emotional support
- Supporting other members of their family including siblings
Whilst we appreciate that young carers may not wish to discuss their situation at home, our strategies for inclusion and safeguarding foster an environment of openness and a willingness to share information and access support. We aspire to treat young carers with compassion in acknowledging the important role they fulfil at home and caring for them in child-centred manner in the school environment.
Support delivered in a dignified manner is offered in many ways and the school has appointed a Young Carers lead; Mr MacCallum, who identifies Young Carers in the school, coordinates support and monitors attendance, progress and achievement amongst this micro-population of students.
The school also has external links with the ‘Carers Trust’ and ‘Career Connect’ who offer interventions and support for identified Young Carers.
View our Young Carers Policy