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Supporting Young Carers

It is estimated that there could be up to 18,000 young carers in Manchester, many of who may not know who to turn to for advice and support. They might not even be aware that they are classed as a carer.

What is a young carer?

Young carers are children and young people aged under 18 who provide care to another family member who might be disabled, or has some chronic illness, mental health problem or another condition connected with a need for care, support or supervision.

This section holds information about organisations and services which offer advice and support to Manchester young carers.

Young Carers in Schools

Young Carers in Schools is a free England wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice. In doing so, it supports and celebrates effective local partnership working.

Run jointly by the Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners, Young Carers in Schools is funded by The Queen’s Trust and th Big Lottery until March 2017.

Tools aiming to make it as easy as possible for young carers services to raise school awareness of the programme locally, include:

  • Exemplar text and icon for use on websites, local portals and in e-newsletters.
  • Young Carers in Schools leaflet.
  • Template letters for use with local schools.
  • Young Carers in Schools
  • PowerPoint presentations containing key information about young carers and the Young Carers in Schools programme.

These tools are available to download from:

http://youngcarersinschools.com/get-involved/get-involved-young-carers-services-and-local-authorities/

Is your school doing great things for young carers? Increase identification, improve outcomes and gain an Award for your school through the Young Carers in Schools programme, run by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society.