Young Carers

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At Banbury Academy we hold the Gold Standard Young Carers kite mark, awarded to us by Oxfordshire County Council for our work with our Young Carers.  We also hold the national Silver Young Carers in Schools Award. We are aware that a number of our pupils fulfil a caring role at home and strongly believe that all our students have the right to equal access to education, regardless of what is happening at home for them.  We also believe that no child should have to take on the responsibility of an inappropriate or excessive caring role.

Read the Protocol for Young Carers policy.

Recommended Website

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A  website with free resources aimed at raising aspiration and attainment in young carers:

Silver Award Cetificate

Young Carers at Banbury Academy
A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Young carers are children and young people who often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult.

At Banbury Academy, we have over 50 young carers in our school that we are aware of.

Students, if you think you or a friend might be a carer, let someone at school know.

What support to expect once you have let school know:

  • Monthly Young Carers Breakfast Meeting
  • Referral to Oxfordshire County Council Young Carers Team
  • One to one support from Young Carers Oxfordshire if needed
  • Extra support in school if needed
  • Referral to Study Higher Programme
  • Opportunity to take part in the Oxfordshire Young Carers Forum
  • Opportunity to become a Young Carers Ambassador in School
  • Staff in school made aware of situation