Suffolk Family Carers
Sprites Primary Academy and Suffolk Family Carers recognises that caring for a family member isn’t always ‘doing the dishes’ or ‘sorting the washing’. The impact of caring for someone can often lead to young people being scared, angry or worried about the person and about what is happening now and what could happen in the future.
What makes someone a Young Carer or a Sibling Carer?
Young carers- a young person, who is caring for or emotionally affected by a family member who has a physical or mental illness, disability or misuses drugs or alcohol.Sibling carers- a young person who is affected by a brother or sister’s disability, illness or additional need.
Support available from Suffolk Family Carers
Suffolk Family Carers provides a range of support from signposting you to relevant charities and organisations to activities breaks and workshops depending on the need of the child. Their website states that they provide the following support:
- One to one catch ups to provide wellbeing support
- Opportunities to meet other carers and have a break from their caring role
- Workshops and programmes to build confidence and life skills
- Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
- Advice and support in school
- Advocacy when their voice needs to be heard
- Signposting to other relevant agencies
You can make a referral on the Suffolk Family Carers website. If you do, please inform the school.
Support available at Sprites Primary Academy
The Young Carers Lead(s) at Sprites Primary Academy are Mr Knights and the Deputy Lead is Mr Ashley.
Our Young Carer Ambassadors are: Marianne and Grace.
More information is on our Early Help page.
Please see our School Pledge and Young Carers Policy 2023.
We have just achieved our Bronze level on the Suffolk Young Carers Schools Award and are hoping to achieve Silver and Gold in the near future.