Schools across the borough are being helped to gain national recognition for support they provide to young carers, with the introduction of the Young Carers in Schools Award.
Schools are being supported by Bracknell Forest Council’s targeted youth services, in partnership with The Children’s Society and Carers Trust UK, to enter the awards, in recognition of they work they do to enable young carers to thrive and achieve.
A young carer is a person under 18 who provides care for family members, of any age, who are disabled or chronically ill, or for adults who are misusing alcohol or drugs. Some young carers are forced to grow up early and miss out on the same opportunities as other children and young people.
The Young Carers in Schools Award is a self assessment process that incorporates five separate standards, enabling schools to demonstrate their understanding and awareness of young carers and how well they listen to and support them. Schools have the opportunity to apply for Bronze, Silver or Gold awards.
Easthampstead Park Community School is the first school to submit their evidence to the judging panel for the Bronze Award.
Cllr Gareth Barnard, executive member for children, young people and learning, said:
This new award will showcase the invaluable work of both our schools and targeted youth services in supporting young carers, ensuring they receive the best possible support at the earliest point, to enable them to thrive.
Easthampstead Park has taken the initiative and lead the way for other schools and we hope to see many more of our schools achieving the awards they very much deserve.
For more information about young carers and services available from Bracknell Forest Council please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.