Haughton academy identifies young carers via transition planning, through tutorial time and via the Heads of Year.
Once a young carer is identified they are referred to the internal support panel. A worker meets with them to discuss their options one of which is a referral to young carers.
The young carers support is provided by the Tees valley YMCA. They offer sessional 1:1 slots in school, after school activities, weekend trips away and a lunch time club.
One of the aims of the work being done is to raise a group identity and offer peer support. Haughton academy runs a yearly event to celebrate young carers day. This is run in connection with the young carers group and features assemblies, tutor activities and village street events, its main aim being to reduce the stigma around young carers.
The academy links with youth services and often cross-refers onto after school programmes run by youth services designed at raising home skills and supporting young carers. In addition the academy offers counselling, mentoring and family support.
Those young carers not wishing to engage with the young carers group are supported via existing staff in school. Parents with mental/ emotional health issues are encouraged to enter into the schools counselling service if they are not already engaged with adult services.