Young Carers

At Meadowhead, we work closely with Sheffield Young Carers, a charity led service who support and look after over 7000 young carers in Sheffield. Statistics show that 1 in 12 children and young people are young carers (BBC, Nov 2010), this means around 20 students in each year group at Meadowhead are classed as Young Carers.  Not every student who is one will have been identified if they don't realise that they are taking on daily tasks and responsibilities that makes them Young Carers.

As a school, we want to support our Young Carers in the best way possible. In year 7, students are assessed by filling in a questionnaire about their responsibilities at home. These are then used to work out who is a Young Carer and therefore may need extra support at school. When we know who is a Young Carer, Miss Lee arranges to have a chat with the student and put a plan in place to make school life a bit more manageable for them. If the student needs external support, they may be referred to Sheffield Young Carers, MAST, or other outside agencies that may be able to help not only the student, but the family as a whole.

Our key message to anyone who is a Young Carer, is that they are doing an amazing job and it’s something to be very proud of. However, we want to make sure that these students are still getting the support and advice they need so they do not feel alone.

For more information on Sheffield Young Carers, please click the link below. If you know someone at Meadowhead that may be a Young Carer, please get in contact with Miss Lee on the Bridge.