At DGS we are aware that some students may well have caring roles at home. We believe that all children and young people should have equal access to education, regardless of what is happening at home.
When a young person looks after someone in their family who has a disability, suffers mental or physical ill-health or other health-related issues, they may need a little extra support to help them get the most out of school. As a school community, we are very aware of, and responsive to, the particular needs that young carers may have. In this way we aim to provide a supportive environment for those students who may have more responsibility at home than their peers. We are proud that the school has been awarded Gold Standard status for our provision for Young Carers.
If your child is a Young Carer please contact the relevant Head of Year or Student Manager attached to your daughter's year group to find out more about how we can support your daughter.
Young Carers Lead Mr C Byrne
Could your young person be a young carer?
A young carer helps to look after or support emotionally any family member due to a learning disability, illness, long term condition or mental health issue. Be Free Young Carers is a registered charity that works with young carers age 8-17 in the South and Vale of Oxfordshire. We organise fun and free monthly respite trips, activities and training to support young carers. This gives your child an opportunity to meet other young carers who may be in a similar situation to them.
If you would like further information, please visit our website https://befreeyc.org.uk. Here you will find our referral form. You can self-refer or your school can refer your child to us. Alternatively, if you would like more information, please contact us on 01235 838554.