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Young carers’ support backed

A BOGNOR REGIS school has been one of the first in the county a trial a scheme to recognise young carers.

 

The learning resource pack was put together by young carers to raise awareness of their roles and what schools can do to help.

 

The Regis School was among the initial schools to use the pack.

 

Katie Robinson, its team leader for personal, social, health and citizenship education, said: “It has been particularly helpful for the pastoral team in our school who are often the first point of contact for students.

 

“As students, I think it will help them identify if they are a ‘young carer’ and, if so, there is extra support available for them in and out of school.

 

“A lot of young people don’t seem to realise they are a young carer as it is just the ‘norm’ for them.”

 

A young carer is someone who is affected by the health needs of a relative. There are hundreds of young carers across West Sussex who look after loved ones. But many go unnoticed.

 

The West Sussex Young Carers Service has developed the pack to enable teachers to introduce what can be a sensitive subject to raise in schools. It also includes young carer information for staff, lesson plans and a short film.

All the county’s secondary schools have access to the information pack.

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