Suffolk Young Carers
School communities reflect society and so here at Hadleigh High School our community includes people from a range of backgrounds, with varied experiences and a huge variety of responsibilities. One group of students for whom their home situation may influence their experience within the School and all it has to offer, are young carers.
A young carer is a student who helps to look after a family member; this may involve physical or emotional care, or taking responsibility for someone’s safety or well-being. However the level of responsibility assumed by a young carer is often inappropriate to their age at a level beyond simply helping out with jobs at home, which is a normal part of growing up; as such it may impact on the education of the young person.
In September 2018 Hadleigh High School signed up to the Suffolk Young Carers Schools Award and we have been working very closely with the service to help identify Young Carers in our school and raise awareness of the great work all Young Carers do for their families.
Suffolk Young Carers staff have a close working relationship with schools across Suffolk. The Support Worker linked to Hadleigh High School is Sheree Driver who can come into the school to support students who are young carers at the school. Alternatively students can contact Miss Ayden-Bridge who is the Suffolk Young Carer lead in school.