Dr Challoner's Grammar School has been working with Young Carers Bucks to provide support and raise awareness of young carers within our school, and in January 2020 the school was recognised for its work at the Bucks Young Carers Awards, receiving their Gold Award.

The event celebrated the work of many schools across the county in supporting young people with caring responsibilities. Any child between the ages of 6 and 18 living with a relative with a learning disability, physical disability, long term illness, mental health needs or a drug and alcohol addiction is considered a young carer, whether or not they are directly involved in caring responsibilities. Being a young carer can have a huge impact on children, whether it’s worrying about their loved ones when they are at school, or having to take an active part in helping at home and providing practical and emotional support to others.

We recently surveyed our Young Carers and found that whilst some do not want support and want school to be as “normal” as possible, others value the help of their tutors, teachers and friends, and meeting at the newly set up Young Carers group. As a school we aim to respond appropriately to our student’s individual desires, so they can access support whenever necessary - the important thing is that they know it is available if needed. It has also been useful for your Young Carers to know they are not alone, and there are other students dealing with similar issues, even though everyone’s situation is unique.

Whilst we already know of some students at our school who are young carers, we believe there may be more who could benefit from the extra support we can provide, and if you know/think your child may be a young carer then please contact matron on matron@challoners.com.