Please view the downloads section for tools and resources available to practitioners supporting Young Carers, including:
Young Carers in Schools presentation - Key information about Young Carers.
The Young Carers Strategy 2020 - 2023 has been developed with young carers and other key partners in health, education and the voluntary sector. The Strategy aims to support young carers to be protected from inappropriate caring, to achieve their full potential and to have access to the same opportunities as their peers.
The Young Carers Pathway highlights the support for young carers as part of the Early Help Offer, this approach will ensure all young carers are identified at the earliest opportunity with seamless pathways to support using a graduated response.
Whole Family Pathway - Using the Whole Family Pathway will help practitioners to implement the changes in legislation for young carers and their families outlined in the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014.
Multidimensional Assessment of Caring Activities (MACA) & Positive and Negative Outcomes of Caring (PANOC) - a questionnaire to be completed by young carers (an 18-item self-report measure) that can be used to provide an index (or score) of the total amount of caring activity undertaken by a child or young person.
Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative making it easy for schools to support young carers.
We are working with schools across England and Wales to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training.
The Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) initiative is run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children's Society.
By taking part in the programme, schools will be able to show they are meeting the needs of this particularly vulnerable pupil group (specifically mentioned in Ofsted's and Estyn's Common Inspection Handbook, 2015). As many as one in 12 pupils could be a young carer.
Young carers research
- 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
- They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Cs and nine Ds (Children's Society, 2013).
- A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).
What you can access through the Young Carers in Schools programme
- A baseline review enabling you to prioritise what to do next, this tool contains helpful signposts to the programme materials most relevant and useful to you.
- Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff resource contains essential tools, templates and guidance. With a tool for each step, no school needs to start from scratch.
- Webinars, videos and case studies – providing unmissable, expert advice from award-winning schools, unpicking hot topics, and highlighting key guidance on how to apply successfully for a Young Carers in Schools Award.
- Termly eNewsletters – spotlighting key policy developments and new resources, and the very latest programme news.
- Young Carers in Schools Award – enabling your school to gain recognition from several leading charities for effective practice. See the map showing which schools have been awarded a Young Carers in School Bronze, Silver or Gold Award.
The impact of Young Carers in Schools
In our latest research, 94% of schools taking part in the Young Carers in Schools programme had a better understanding of the support required for young carers.