What is a Young Carer?
A young carer is a child under the age of 18 who regularly helps to look after a family member or a friend who is disabled, ill, has a mental health condition or an addiction problem.
Young Carers can have a variety of responsibilities; including:
- Practical tasks, like cooking, housework and shopping.
- Physical care, such as helping someone out of bed.
- Emotional support, including talking to someone who is distressed.
- Personal care, such as helping someone dress.
- Managing the family budget and collecting prescriptions.
- Helping to give medicine.
- Helping someone communicate.
- Looking after brothers and sisters.
How does LECA Support our Young Carers?
Littleport and East Cambridgeshire Academy is committed to identifying and supporting all young carers within our school. We do this by ensuring we are meeting the needs of our young carers to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Our aim is to ensure that the needs of the whole family are being met and therefore reduce or prevent any excessive caring by young people. We do this by building a rapport with our students and their families, to gain an understanding of what their lived experience is. We will then refer to outside agencies where appropriate whilst maintaining a high level of support in school.
Our Young Carer’s Champions run a lunchtime drop in on a Monday in room 206 where we allow students to just be. We offer 1:1 sessions with any student that feels they are in need of more support. We also refer all new identified young carer’s to Centre 33 for a Needs assessment.
Our LECA Young Carers Team:
At LECA, we have designated Young Carers Champions with a responsibility for young carers and their families. Young Carers are aware of these staff members, where to find them and how to contact them.
Young Carers Champions: Krystal Sturman and Billy Griffiths
Krystal Sturman, Young People’s Worker – Young Carers Champion
Krystal.Sturman@lecacademy.org or 01353 223300 Ext. 158
Krystal’s office is located on the second floor near the Science Department.
Billy Griffiths, Teaching Assistant – Young Carers Champion
Billy.Griffiths@lecacademy.org or 01353 223300 Ext.143
Billy is located in the Intervention Room (213) on the 2nd Floor near to the SENDCo’s office and Alternative Curriculum Centre
Helpful Links for Young Carers
Local offer – The local offer describes the services and support available for children and young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND) from birth to 25 and their families in Cambridgeshire.
Youth Groups in Cambridgeshire
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire – provides support for family carers across Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk
0345 241 0954 or 01480 499090
Pinpoint – pinpoint is an independent information, support and involvement network for parents in Cambridgeshire.
Inclusion – If you’re concerned about your own drug & alcohol use or if someone in your life is affected, support is only a phone call away
0300 555 0101