Archbishop Sancroft High School in Harleston is the latest school to be awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award (Education), in recognition of their work to identify and support carers.
Rebecca Beaumont, head of student support (Years 9, 10 and 11) said the Norfolk school was very proud to be awarded the Carer Friendly Tick Award and added, “It is really important to us that our young carers are supported and have their voices heard. We recognise that caring responsibilities impact on every aspect of young people’s lives, not just their education, and so we take seriously our responsibility to support them every step of the way.
“I would like to thank our young carers for the incredible difference they make every day, just by being themselves.”
Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together, said: “We know that young carers found it particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. They told us that their education and mental health had been negatively impacted during the various lockdowns and restrictions. Schools and colleges taking the initiative to identify and support their pupils who are young carers is hugely important and makes a real difference.
“Therefore, we are very pleased to see Archbishop Sancroft High School having their work to identify and support young carers recognised by the Carer Friendly Tick Award. We want to congratulate them on this and to thank them for the work that they are doing which brings real benefits to young carers and their families.”
Caring Together works to help raise the awareness of carers in the community with health, social care and education professionals, and employers.
The Carer Friendly Tick Award was originally developed for education by young carers from Caring Together’s Norfolk Young Carers Forum (NYCF) project. The success of this meant the awards have been rolled out across Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire to now include community, health and employer awards.
These recognise the valuable work done in identifying and supporting carers carried out by each type of organisations. The Carer Friendly Tick is a set of standards which were designed with carers, and which are assessed entirely by carers.