The Kingsway School has received official recognition for its work with young carers.
We have been presented with a Bronze award from the Young Carers in Schools programme, run in partnership with the Carers Trust and the Children's Society, for its support for those students who are young carers.
The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers, recognising and celebrating good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.
Young carers themselves are responsible for the emotional, practical or physical care of a parent, sibling or other family member affected by a variety of issues, including physical disability or mental health.
Commenting on the award, The Kingsway School’s Safeguarding and Emotional Well-Being Lead, Miss Cropper, said:
"We have just been awarded the Bronze Award for our support of Young Carers. Massive well done and thank you to Mrs Stansfield, who has co-ordinated the application for the award. After weeks of hard work - we did it!"
The Young Carers in Schools award consists of five separate standards. To gain an award, schools must evidence how they are meeting these five standards:
1. Understand - There are assigned members of staff with responsibility for understanding and addressing young carers’ needs
2. Inform - Awareness is raised by sharing knowledge about disability, illness and young carers throughout the school
3. Identify - Young carers are being identified within your school
4. Listen - They are listened to, consulted with and given time and space to talk
5. Support - Young carers are supported within the school, and signposted to whole family resources and services outside the school.