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Young Carers


Meeting the needs of Young Carers at Open Box Education Centre 


At Open Box Education Centre, we are aware that some of our students are young carers. A young carer is someone under 18 who is caring unpaid for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. They often take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would normally be expected of an adult. Research suggests there are at least 700,000 young carers in the UK, but many do not realise they are a young carer.

We know that young carers may need a little extra support to enjoy and do well at school and we are committed to ensuring that all students who are young carers are identified and supported effectively.

Our Young Carers Lead, Samantha Hutton, provides support so that all our students have the same life opportunities as their peers to achieve their full potential. The Young Carers Lead provides support with schoolwork, peer support, organisation, worries and concerns and provides a listening ear.

When can a Young Carer meet with the Young Carers Lead?

If you are a young carer at Open Box Education Centre and would like some support, please see Samantha Hutton in the SEND office at a time that suits you.

Young Carers’ Drop In

SEND Office – access available through the school day.

How can I get more information if I am the parent of a Young Carer?

If you are a parent of a student at Open Box Education Centre and you think your child might be a young carer or could be affected by any of the issues we’ve highlighted, please let the Young Carers Lead, Samantha Hutton, know by emailing  Any information that is given to us will be treated sensitively and no information will be shared without your knowledge.

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