Young Carers Information Packs sent to every school in Northern Ireland

This week we’ve been busy printing and packing over one thousand Young Carers Information Packs with our partners at Barnardo’s NI Young Carers Service.  Next, they will be sent to every primary and post-primary school in Northern Ireland.

The pack – called ‘They Care. Do you?’ – has been created as a practical and straight-talking resource for teachers.   It explains who young carers are and highlights their specific needs, such as having someone on point to talk to and always having access to their phones in school.  Additionally, it provides recommendations for a school’s Young Carer Policy and a poster to introduce the school’s designated Young Carers champion.

Have a look here:  They Care Do You? leaflet

In the pack, teachers will find a range of creative ways to explore the issues faced by young carers with all their students.   As well as class-based activities and discussion points, the schools will receive a branded USB stick containing the series of six, short dance films we have made with Barnardo’s NI.  These powerful films have been widely recognised as giving voice and emotional expression to Young Carers.

Niki O’Kane, Schools Liaison – Barnardo’s Young Carers Service, said of the joint initiative, “Barnardo’s Young Carers Services believe that every child matters and so we wanted to partner with schools to support the Young Carers that we know are present and likely hidden. It is so important that we empower these young people to balance their wellbeing, caring roles and education so they can learn and achieve most effectively. We hope this information will help schools to ensure Young Carers feel confident they are in an environment where they are seen, understood and supported. At Barnardo’s, we care that you care.”

Thank you to The Community Foundation Northern Ireland and BBC Children in Need for their ongoing support.