Young Carers Award

Parents Zone

Young Carers Support
At Tolworth School we are aware that some of  our pupils are young carers.  A young carer is someone aged 5-18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

Tolworth School is working towards a National Young Carers Award that will help us to ensure we are identifying and offering the support that our young carers need. Rachel Nye is the school's Young Carers strategic lead. Linda Jackson is the Young Carers operational lead and we also work closely with Kingston's Young Carers Project.

If you think your child is a young carer and would like any other information or support around these issues, please talk to Linda Jackson, Children and Families Coordinator in the school office. We respect the privacy of our young carers so will only share information about them with people who need to know so that they can offer help.

Please see our parent's notice boards for more information and the Pupil Support section below.

A pupil notice board is in the Junior's reception where you will find stories and artwork from some of our young carers.

Pupil Support

Young Carers Support
Who are Young Carers? Children and young people, aged 5-18 years, who look after, or help to look after someone at home who has an illness or disability.

This could be a parent, brother, sister, grandparent or another relative with a physical disability, mental ill health, a learning disability, alcohol/drug misuse issues or a sensory impairment. i.e. deaf or blind 

How the school help you:

By understanding what it means to be a young carer, for example you may struggle getting your homework in on time, you can sometimes be late for school or you may be worrying that the person you are caring for is OK.

If you need some help or support with any of these issues, please talk to an adult in your class, Ms Nye or Mrs Jackson. We understand that sometimes you will want to keep these things private, so we will only share information with people that can help you, unless you say we can.

Look at the young carers notice board in the Junior reception, it has lots of information, stories and artwork from other young carers. We also work closely with Kingston's Young Carers Project who can also help and support you when you need it.