Young Carers at St Mary & St Thomas 

At St Mary & St Thomas CE Primary School we are aware that some of our pupils are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school. School are committed to ensuring that all pupils who are young carers are identified, and supported effectively.

Miss Smith is the Young Carers' Champion at St Mary & St Thomas CE Primary School and is responsible for ensuring all young carers are able to enjoy school and make good progress. If you think your child might be a young carer please let Miss Smith or your child's class teacher know.

As a school we have signed up to the Young Carers Schools Promise and this is displayed on our young carers notice board in our main corridor for all children to see.  You can read this document below.

As part of our commitment to supporting young carers and increasing awareness we have recently invited Ann-Marie Leather from St Helens Young Carers into school to deliver a whole school assembly as well as speaking to school staff.


Miss L Smith
Director of Wellbeing  
Governor Young Carers Champion


Miss N Shields
Family Support Worker


St Mary & St Thomas CE Primary School has an open door policy and should Miss Smith not be available pupils can speak to Miss Shields.

Arrangements to support Young Carers are put into place following assessment with parents as to the needs such as, breakfast and after school clubs including extracurricular clubs, study clubs and signposting to other agencies for support. Parents can arrange meetings with Miss Smith or Miss Shields either over the telephone or on or off the school site.

Pupils can access Miss Smith and Miss Shields during the school day and communicate via the help boxes in class, or accessing the Whisper button from the school website.


Useful Links:

St Helens Young Carers

Carers Trust

Babble Carers

The Children's Society
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