High Stile, Great Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1EB
We will capture the commitment by widening our provision, building on the needs of the young people and better meet young carers’ needs by reviewing Dunmow St Mary’s Primary School for young carers with a view to ultimately achieving best practice.
We will strive to achieve best practice for students and families in our school in order to provide them with the best chance of success in their future.
A Young Carer can be as young as 5 and may support with a range of roles within the home where either a parent, sibling or other family member living in the family home has an illness, disability or other specific medical or mental health need.
They may support with cooking and cleaning, giving medication or accompanying the person they care for to their medical appointments. They may also help look after siblings or provide emotional support and worry about the person they care for when they are away from them.
The effects of being a Young Carer can vary, many children feel sad, angry, guilty or embarrassed about the help they provide at home. They may feel upset that friends don’t have the same responsibilities or feel that no one understands their role and feelings. Avoiding telling anyone about their feelings can have a huge impact on their own well-being and therefore their learning in school.
Children can find Mrs O whenever they need support and she will regularly check in with them to make sure they are OK.
Alternatively, Mrs O can help you to get in touch with Essex Young Carers. This organisation can offer further help and guidance to you and your Young Carer through a range of personalised support. This may include help at home if needed or Young Carer clubs and events where your child can spend valuable time with others in a similar role while enjoying some time just for them.
Further information and support for young carers and their families can be found: