Scarning Primary School in Dereham has once again been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education, in recognition of their continued work to identify and support young carers.
Michelle King, family liaison and designated safeguarding lead at Scarning Primary School, said: “When we first applied for the Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education, we felt we, as a school, were already providing most of the criteria needed to obtain it. Since then, we have continued to build awareness, along with our young carers, who also support and encourage each other – their input is invaluable.”
The Carer Friendly Tick Award was originally developed for education by young carers from Caring Together’s Norfolk Young Carers Forum (NYCF) project. Applications from schools and colleges and awards for the Carer Friendly Tick Award are assessed by carers, and given to those that meet the criteria for having effective approaches in place to identify and support young carers.
The panel was particularly impressed by the school regularly raising awareness of young carers through creative events, having a young carers noticeboard in school and information on their website.
Andy McGowan, head of engagement at Caring Together, said: “Young carers can face a wide range of pressures and demands. These can affect their lives and well-being in a range of ways, including having an impact on their education and ability to have the type of social lives enjoyed by their peers. Therefore projects that take the initiative to identify and support young carers at school are hugely important and make a real difference.
“We want to congratulate Scarning Primary School on achieving the Carer Friendly Tick Award – Education, and thank them for the work that they are doing which brings real benefits to young carers and their families.”
Photo: Claire, carer awareness and voice coordinator at Caring Together presents Carer Friendly Tick Award Certificate – Education to Michelle King, family liaison and designated safeguarding lead at Scarning Primary School.