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Debenham High School

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Young Carers

Debenham High School’s Young Carer group have renamed themselves HEROES.  This is an acronym standing for “Helping Everybody Receive Opportunities Especially Students”.

What is a Young Carer?

A Young Carer is somebody aged between 9 and 15 years old who cares for, or is affected by, a family member who has:

  • A physical disability
  • A long-term physical illness
  • Ill mental health
  • Difficulties with the misuse of drugs or alcohol

While some Young Carers offer practical help, others may give more emotionally.  For example, caring for a parent with a physical condition may involve physical help such as getting dressed or with the cooking but caring for a parent with ill mental health, or who misuses drugs or alcohol involves more emotional guidance and support.

Young Carers might feel the need to keep an eye on the person they care for to check they are ok.

(Definition taken from Suffolk Family Carer’s website)

How do we identify HEROES at Debenham?

Some young people come to us from primary school having been involved in the Young Carers organisation and we find out that way.  However to ensure we do not miss anyone out, annually we hold assemblies to remind students what a Young Carer is, followed by distributing a very simple questionnaire to all students in the school.  The students identify themselves.

What do we do with this information?

  • 1) The names from the questionnaire are collated and shared with staff. Therefore, staff can keep an eye on these students, for example,
  • Be aware when difficult topics are taught that they may need time out or checking on
  • Understand, and support, with issues with homework and organisation
  • Ensure they can access enrichment opportunities such as field trips

2)   We invite all students on the list to a Half-termly Drop In where they can meet informally with other young people and have contact with a representative from Suffolk Young Carers
 

How do we support HEROES at Debenham High School?

  • Through knowing who these students are, staff can offer practical support as well as an ear to listen when needed
  • Through raising awareness among all students and staff via assemblies; PSHE and staff training opportunities
  • A Half-termly Drop In for networking and raising important issues on an agenda set by the students
  • Access to the Suffolk Young Carer school representative for support
  • Signposting to the services provided by Suffolk Young Carers and support in being referred. Further information about Suffolk Young Carers can be found at : http://www.suffolkfamilycarers.org/index.php/howwecanhelp/young-peoples-services/young-carers

The Drop In

The Drop In happens once a half-term.  Each person on the list is given a personal invitation and the chance to bring a friend.  The Drop Ins are informal, involving a chance to eat some snacks; play games; do craft activities; talk about specific issues on request.  In the summer, we go out onto the field for a picnic and to play with the parachute.

Currently we are…

HEROES are currently busy with planning and putting together a Cook Book, which will include recipes that are easy to make and affordable to support young people being expected to help with the cooking. A Task Group have worked very hard to encourage full participation within school and the local community, including sending emails to the local MP and Jimmy from Jimmy’s Farm; talking to the whole school in Assembly and introducing the project to the Governing Body. 

During our next Drop In on 27th January, we hope to have a draft of the book together and practise making some recipes.

As a result of the work of students and staff at Debenham High School, we have received both our Bronze and Silver Awards.  We are close to receiving our Gold Award.

 

If you have any queries about HEROES, please contact Louise Ramsay on lramsay@debenhamhigh.co.uk