Young Carers

“Nominated for ‘Caring School’ of the Year 2019”

Hill Farm Primary School are committed to supporting and encouraging the education on their Young Carers.

  • Operational Lead for Young Carers - Mrs Hammond
  • Strategic Lead for Young Carers - Mrs Leetch

What is a Young Carer?

Young carers are people aged between 5 and 18 years old who have a responsibility for looking after or helping someone else to look after a person who has a disability, a long term illness, mental health illness, Autism/ADHD or someone addicted to drugs or alcohol. That person could be your mum, dad, brother, sister, grandparent or even a close friend or neighbour.

As a young carer you may help out by going shopping, cooking, cleaning, making sure the person you care for takes their   medicine, talking and listening to them when they are not very happy, look after your brothers and sisters or anything else that helps out at home.  

How School can support you?

  • School can speak to Coventry Young Carers and ask them to help you. Coventry Young Carers are there to talk to you, they can give you advice, arrange trips and activities to give you a break from your caring role. You can get more information by visiting their website- youngcarerscoventry.com
  • The School runs a support group for Young Carers, this takes place on Wednesday lunchtimes. The Group provides Young Carers with mentoring support, a time to relax and unwind and a range of fun packed activities. Speak to Mrs Hammond if you want to come along to the group.
  • Mrs Hammond can speak to your teacher and parent/carers about the best way to support your learning whilst you continue to care for your family member.  
  • All staff have received training on how to recognise the signs of a potential young carers and how they can make a referral to Coventry Young Carers.
  • School can also refer Young Carers to the School Nursing Team if there are any concerns about your own physical and emotional well-being.

“Because staff understand pupils’ needs well, they provide a wide range of high quality extra help in school. For example, leaders have identified that the school has many ‘young carers’, who provide care for their parents at home. Staff organise several groups where these pupils come together and share their thoughts and worries in a caring and supportive environment”. Ofsted 2019

Young Carers in School Bronze Award

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

Hill Farm Primary School are very proud to have achieved a Bronze Award for the support that is given to their Young Carers to ensure that they reach their full learning potential.

“Congratulations on achieving the Bronze Award”. 

“Clear and concise application with areas of silver provision, excellent work.  Plenty of support and encouragement offered to young carers within the school with a very eye catching and informative noticeboard." 

Feedback from The Children’s Society. 

Carers Trust Carers Award Night - July 2019

Hill Farm Primary School were delighted to receive a nomination for ‘Caring School’ of the Year, this recognised the quality of support that is offered to our students who are Young Carers. We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to achieve their full learning potential and be supported to overcome any barriers that they may face.

It was a great night were lots of people came together to celebrate all the amazing work that people do in the caring community.

Coventry Young Carers Bulletins

November 2020 Bulletin

October 2020 Bulletin

Issue 7 - YC Bulletin

Issue 6 - YC Bulletin

Issue 5 - YC Bulletin

Issue 4 - YC Bulletin

Issue 3 - YC Bulletin

Issue 2 - YC Bulletin

Issue 1 - YC Bulletin

Extra Support for Young Carers-

The Children’s Society offer support for your mental health and well-being as a Young Carer

https://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/youngcarer/advice-for-young-people/well-being-and-mental-health

Action for Children offer emotional and practical support to Young Carers

https://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/what-we-do/children-young-people/support-for-young-carers/