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Young Carers

Dear parent(s)/guardian(s),

Identifying and supporting young carers at Corpus Christi Primary School

At Corpus Christi we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. At Corpus Christi we are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

As Corpus Christi’s Young Carers’ Lead I have responsibility for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress. If you think your child might be a young carer, or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted, please let me know by filling in the form below and bringing it into school in a sealed envelope addressed to me. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, or have any further questions, please contact me on  01744 678102 or ask at school Reception to speak to me directly.

Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.

The school receives extra funding for each child/young person eligible for free schools meals, which can be put towards extra support and provision for young carers. It is therefore important that children are registered for free school meals, even if they do not want, or need the school meal.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Martin(Young Carers Lead/Nursery Teacher)