Analysis

Making school nurses ‘carer aware’

The number of children and young people who carry out a caring role in the home is unknown, but data from the 2011 census reveals that almost 250,000 people aged between five and 19 were caring for parents, siblings and others in England and Wales

The number of children and young people who carry out a caring role in the home is unknown, but data from the 2011 census reveals that almost 250,000 people aged between five and 19 were caring for parents, siblings and others in England and Wales.

In 2014, the Department of Health, the School and Public Health Nurses Association, Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and the RCN launched a programme to identify and support the wellbeing of young carers in England through integrated working between school nurses and other public health nurses.

The scheme, which is now under the remit of Public Health England (PHE), was recognised for its success in raising the profile of this hidden workforce at the Academy of NHS Fabulous Stuff’s inaugural awards.

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It trains school nurses to be ‘carer aware’ and encourages them to pledge their support to the needs of this vulnerable

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