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40 per cent of teachers not able to identify a young carer
EB News: 06/12/2017 - 11:28
New research by children’s charity Barnardo's shows that 40 per cent of teachers were not confident they would be able to identify a pupil that is caring for a sick or disabled family member at home.
Teachers and other professionals working with children have a legal duty to identify young carers and refer them to the local authority to be assessed for support.
More than a third (34%) of teachers surveyed thought there were young carers at their school who were not sufficiently supported and almost a third (29%) said they didn’t think their school had any particular ways of supporting young carers.
This is despite some children and young people carrying out more than 30 hours a week of caring responsibilities – almost the equivalent of a full-time job – and filling in the gaps left in adult social care.
The YouGov poll of 800 teachers found that nine-in-10 teachers thought caring responsibilities could impact negatively on young carers’ school lives as it could mean they were late or absent from school or have trouble keeping up with work.
The government’s statutory safeguarding guidance, Keeping Children Safe in Education, now provides additional advice to help staff deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and sexual harassment.