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Young carers and young people affected by substance misuse in the family are a very hidden group and often experience many negative impacts on their education, health and development as a result of their caring responsibilities / family situation.

We coordinate a network for schools that are keen to develop their identification and support for young carers and young people affected by substance misuse in the family. We use this network to share information and we hold meetings every two months to discuss ideas and share good practice.

The schools that are involved find the networks very useful and their involvement has led to a vast increase in the number of young people identified whose family situation was previously unknown to the school, with targeted interventions leading to significant improvements in attendance and attainment.

The network meetings are a chance to share local and national developments and best practice and also include interactive training for school staff, to gain skills in delivering awareness-raising and support activities for pupils in their schools.

Alongside the meetings, we email out resources and information and we can also support schools to achieve their own nationally-recognised ‘Young Carers in Schools’ Award. This new award offers a comprehensive and accessible framework for developing a whole-school approach to identifying and supporting young carers, with schools able to access an online toolkit and apply for bronze, silver or gold levels of this fantastic award.

If you would like to join our network, please sign up below.

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