22 September 2017

Hampton College Wins Gold Award for Young Carer Support

Hampton College Wins Gold Award for Young Carer Support

Hampton College has been given the Gold award for our work in making sure students don’t miss out on an education because they are young carers.

The Young Carers in Schools programme helps primary and secondary schools improve outcomes for young carers and celebrates good practice through the Young Carers in Schools Award.

Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, mental health issue or substance misuse issue. The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.

“Hampton College is absolutely thrilled to receive this prestigious award. Lynda Johnson is an inspiration; giving of her own time to support our young carers both in school and outside and she is extremely well thought of by all of them. This Gold Award is recognition of all the hard work and energy she invests in our young carers and reflects the high quality of support she provides for them each day. We are so proud of our young carers and of Lynda for supporting them so tirelessly.” Mr Gilligan – Head of School

“It makes me so happy to hear we have gained the GOLD award for supporting young carers at Hampton College. The school works hard as a team to make sure young carers are identified and are supported, making sure they achieve their potential. Through working with the Carers Trust and using the School’s Award Scheme we have been able to improve our support and recognise more young carers within the school. The GOLD award has also allowed us to share our good practise and help other schools achieve the award!” Mrs Johnson – Young Carers Lead

“I really enjoy being part of the young carer support group at Hampton College. It gives me somewhere to go at lunchtime and people to talk to who feel the way I do.” Young Carer at Hampton College