Hampton Gardens School is committed to meeting the needs of young carers and young adult carers so that they can attend and enjoy school in the same way as other students and achieve their potential.
A young carer is a child or young person, under the age of 18, who often takes on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities for someone who has any type of long term illness, physical or mental illness, physical and/or mental disability or misuses substances such as alcohol or drugs.
The school has a designated Young Carers' School Leader with responsibility for young carers and their families.
- Operational Leader for young carers: Mrs Caborn
We have a weekly Young Carers Club that students can attend and takes place on a Wednesday lunchtime in room F11. Young carers can come and relax, play games, eat and chat with other young carers and talk about any concerns. We also make resources together which the students can keep and use to promote their wellbeing. We have raised awareness of what a young carer is and raised funds to directly benefit our young carers who attend the club and who helped to organise and run fund raising activities. We meet up with young carers to check on their wellbeing and to make sure they know who they can go to for help, advise or to be listened to.
The school will only share information about young carers with professionals and agencies on a need to know basis in order to support pupils and their families.
The school actively seeks feedback and ideas from young carers and their families to shape and improve support.
The school will look to use Pupil Premium funding to minimise any barriers to education and learning experienced by eligible young carers.
The school has an effective referral system and strong partnership in place with the school nurse and the local young carers' service.
The Young Carers Policy is available to view here.
Caring Together provides support to carers of all ages across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk
Centre 33 provides support for young people up to the age of 25 with caring responsibilities