Latest News | 15 March 2022

College recognised for supporting young carers

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Derby College Group has been awarded a quality standard in recognition of the support it provides to students who have caring responsibilities at home.

The college has received the Carers Federation Quality Standard in Carer Support (QSCS) following a thorough audit of the college’s support programme for young carers.

It will hold the quality standard for three years, alongside a pledge to further develop the support available to students.

The college currently has 96 students aged 16 to 19 who are identified as young carers – defined as a young person who is helping to look after someone who could not cope without their support.

Aaron Denton, the college’s head of student experience and pastoral support, said: “We are obviously delighted that the work we have already undertaken to better support young carers among our student body has been recognised with this prestigious quality standard.

“We have embedded an inclusive and positive ‘social belonging’ support programme for young carers across the organisation.

“This ranges from regularly checking in with students to discuss issues they are facing to incorporating flexibility in their study programmes, such as having the resources to be able to study at home and condensed timetables.”

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