Young Carers

About this Guide

This resource is designed to support practitioners deliver appropriate PSE in conjunction with their learners in light of the Scottish Government PSE Review (2019). You may with to look at the information about cocreation in the activity section, along with the associated benchmarks, to support your learners build on their existing knowledge and understanding of this topic. This suggested Young Carers content will support practitioner work with their learners to develop the curriculum to suit their local context and meet the relevant age and stage of development for children and young people with regard to Mental. Emotional, Social & Physical Wellbeing.

Suggested Experiences & Outcomes

Mental & Emotional Wellbeing

HWB 3-01a

I am aware of and able to express my feelings and am developing the ability to talk about them.

HWB 3-02a

I know that we all experience a variety of thoughts and emotions that affect how we feel and behave and I am learning ways of managing them.

HWB 3-03a

I understand that there are people I can talk to and that there are a number of ways in which I can gain access to practical and emotional support to help me and others in a range of circumstances.

HWB 3-04a

I understand that my feelings and reactions can change depending upon what is happening within and around me. This helps me to understand my own behaviour and the way others behave.

HWB 3-06a

I understand the importance of mental wellbeing and that this can be fostered and strengthened through personal coping skills and positive relationships. I know that it is not always possible to enjoy good mental health and that if this happens there is support available.

HWB 3-07a

I am learning skills and strategies which will support me in challenging times, particularly in relation to change and loss.

HWB 3-08a

I understand that people can feel alone and can be misunderstood and left out by others. I am learning how to give appropriate support.

Social Wellbeing

HWB 3-10a

I recognise that each individual has a unique blend of abilities and needs. I contribute to making my school community one which values individuals equally and is a welcoming place for all.

HWB 3-14a

I value the opportunities I am given to make friends and be part of a group in a range of situations.

Physical Wellbeing

HWB 3-16a

I am learning to assess and manage risk, to protect myself and others, and to reduce the potential for harm when possible.

HWB 3-17a

I know and can demonstrate how to keep myself and others safe and how to 3respond in a range of emergency situations.

Health & Wellbeing

HWB 3-51a

I can explain the support and care necessary to ensure a child is nurtured through the different stages of childhood.

HWB 3-51b

I can explain the support and care necessary to ensure a child is nurtured through the different stages of childhood.

Associated Benchmarks

  • Explains the short and long term impact of parenthood, for example, joy, commitment, financial implications, anxiety, physical demands.
  • Explains the meaning and importance of nurture in a child’s development. Identifies local support available for parents and carers.

Suggested Learning Intentions

  • to learn about the role and challenges of being a young carer
  • to develop my understanding of strategies to support myself or others who are young carers
  • to investigate how I can look after my own, and others, wellbeing as a young carers

Suggested Success Criteria (I Can…)

  • talk about the skills and qualities young carers have/need
  • discuss strategies I could use to make informed choices if I was a young carer
  • demonstrate how my wellbeing could be impacted as a young carer and what steps I could take to support myself or others in this situation

Suggested Learning Experiences

These suggested activities/tasks are for group work within a classroom and target holistic/generic/universal needs of learners. You should select activities/tasks that are most relevant to the needs of your learners and school community. Please use your professional judgement as to how best to deliver these types of activities/tasks sensitively/appropriately with your learners and which other staff may also be able to provide support/differentiation to meet their needs.

What do we know?

(You may wish to link this to prior learning e.g. RSHP topics). What do learners know about Carers in general and Young Carers specifically? What impact might there be on the lives of young carers? This short BBC feature of young carer’s experience may generate discussion.

What do we need to know?

The following may help support discussion: What does ‘young carer’ mean, who are young carers and what do young carers do? Young Minds has a short guide for young people. Explore what support is available nationally or locally for young carers? The Carers Scotland Act 2016 placed a duty of care on the local authority to support carers in a number of areas including health and wellbeing. For young carers this means they create a Carer Plan and a Young Carer Statement with their local authority. Information about the Young Carers Package and advice from Scottish Government may be useful. You may wish to discuss attitudes/stigma around young carers. Does being a young carer impact on children’s rights? What ways does being a young carer impact on a young person’s life at home/school/with friends?

What’s happening here/locally? What could we do next?

What could you do as a school community to support young carers? Learners could explore the local and national support available for young carers. Information about local support in North Lanarkshire Young Carers (Action for Children) can be found here along with an information pack from North Lanarkshire Carers Together and South Lanarkshire Young Carers Service here. Carers Trust Scotland and Young Scot have further information and advice.

Discuss how, why, when you/someone you know may need to take further steps to feel supported if they are a young carer. How could you share this information? What do we/could we do as a school to support young carers? Can I discuss who/where I can go for help, advice and support? Who could help you if you are a young carer?