What is a Young Carer?
A young carer as a person aged 5-18, living in Surrey, who provides practical or emotional care for a member of their family with a long-term illness, physical disability or learning difficulty, mental ill health or substance or alcohol dependency.
How are Young Carers supported at Ash Grange?
- Day by day pastoral support from the class teacher or learning assistant
- Focused monitoring to ensure your child is not falling behind with their learning due to the additional responsibilities that they have on a regular basis
- Pastoral support: small group support with our school counsellor Gill Jardine or ELSA Mr Anderson. Once a half term your child will meet with other young carers of a similar age to relax and support one another, sharing their own needs as a young carer,
- 1:1 sessions for times of challenge or crisis
- Respite support through an optional Funzone eve (3.20-6pm) or 2 breakfast slots per week (booked through the office)
- Opportunity to take part in experiences offered to the school for vulnerable children
- Respite support offers of Holiday clubs 50% subsidised by school
- Access to Surrey Young Carer events and opportunities e.g. Fun Days https://www.actionforcarers.org.uk/who-we-help/young-carers-under-18/how-syc-can-help-
How do I let the school know my child is a Young Carer?
Share this information at admission, when the family needs change or after a significant event.
What additional support is available outside of school?
Action for carers website has so much support available in person and online
You can make a referral to Surrey Young Carers there too.