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Carer Friendly School: Millthorpe School, York

01 June 2016


What steps has Millthorpe School taken to support young carers?

Millthorpe School is part of the Young Carers in Schools programme, which was set up by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society to identify and support young carers.

By using the available tools, they have tried to establish a culture in the school where everyone knows that it is okay to be a young carer and it is okay to let them know.

The school runs regular drop-in sessions for young carers and provide emotional support and help with homework. They also refer pupils who need additional support to a local carers’ centre which they have developed strong links with.

They have also ensured that the progress of all young carers can be monitored through their whole school system for tracking attainment and attendance. 


What difference has this made to young carers at the school?

As a result, they have now identified 28 young carers.

The school says:

“We are certain that had we not begun putting our young carer provision into place, these pupils would have remained hidden.

“We also know that there are still many young carers we are yet to identify.  We therefore are continuing to develop our provision further and are adopting the practice set out at the Silver level of the Award.  In doing so, we are continuing to identify young carers, with two more being identified only recently.”

Young carers at Millthorpe now have support to achieve their potential, attend school and/or arrive on time, have positive wellbeing, and engage in class and with their peers.

Millthorpe School is a good example of how one school has used the tools and resources available within the programme to develop their provision for young carers and to successfully achieve a Bronze Award.

What is the Young Carers in Schools programme?

The Young Carers in Schools programme has been set up by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society to identify and support young carers.

The programme works with schools across England to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training to support young carers in school. Through involvement in the programme, your school can gain recognition for good practice through a bronze, silver and gold award scheme.

For more information about the programme, visit:


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