Archbishop Sancroft High School Students Show Their Caring Side
January 19, 2022
Archbishop Sancroft High School has been awarded Caring Together's Carer Friendly Tick Award (Education) in recognition of their work to identify and support young carers.
Rebecca Beaumont, Head of Student Support (Years 9, 10 and 11) said the Norfolk school was very proud to receive the award.
She said: “It is really important to us that our young carers are supported and have their voices heard. We recognise that caring responsibilities impact on every aspect of young people’s lives, not just their education, and so we take seriously our responsibility to support them every step of the way.”
The Carer Friendly Tick recognises the valuable work done in identifying and supporting carers. To receive the award, organisations must meet a set of standards which were designed with carers, and which are assessed entirely by carers.
The school received the Carer Friendly Tick Award for reasons including the awareness of young carers being raised at assemblies and in Life Skills classes, they have a dedicated young carers noticeboard and a young carers champion.
Andy McGowan, Head of Carer Services at Caring Together, said: “We know that young carers found it particularly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic. They told us that their education and mental health had been negatively impacted during the various lockdowns and restrictions. Schools and colleges taking the initiative to identify and support their pupils who are young carers is hugely important and makes a real difference.”
“Therefore, we are very pleased to see Archbishop Sancroft High School having their work to identify and support young carers recognised by the Carer Friendly Tick Award. We want to congratulate them on this and to thank them for the work that they are doing which brings real benefits to young carers and their families.”
The Carer Friendly Tick was originally developed for education by young carers from Caring Together’s Norfolk Young Carers Forum (NYCF) project. It has now been rolled out across Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and includes community, health and employer awards.
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