Post: Young carers in Schools guidance and award programme


    Posted on 10/19/15
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    The Young Carers in Schools programme offers schools step-
    by-step guidance, practical tools and training opportunities
    to support pupils and students who have caring
    responsibilities. Schools can be awarded a bronze, silver or
    gold award to recognise their direct work with young carers.

    Led by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society's Young
    Carers in Focus partnership, and funded by The Queen’s Trust
    and Big Lottery Fund, the programme has been developed with
    teachers and school staff to make it as easy as possible for
    schools to support young carers and reward good practice.

    Young carers are responsible for emotional, practical or
    physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member
    who has a physical disability, mental health issue or
    substance misuse problems.

    The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there just over
    166,000 young carers in England, but research reveals that
    this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could
    be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to
    one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and

    The latest research carried out by Carers Trust and The
    Children's Society shows that, on average, young carers miss
    or cut short 48 school days a year. They often have lower
    levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and
    significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level.
    Ofsted's School Inspection Handbook describes young carers
    as a particularly vulnerable group of pupils that schools
    should support. While some schools are doing this really
    well, others struggle and this causes real problems for
    young carers.

    Matthew, 17, a young carer from Sheffield, points out the
    desperate need for the new Standard: “I’d like the
    educational system to be more supportive of young carers.
    Once, I tried to ring my mum and the teacher took my phone…
    they don’t get it.”

    To help schools help young carers, the programme offers
    practical tools designed to make it as easy as possible for
    schools. Staff can also receive training and taking part in
    peer-to-peer learning through expert regional networks –
    bringing together schools, young carers services, and health
    and social care professionals. There will also be a
    newsletter each term highlighting relevant policy
    developments, spotlighting good practice and giving updates
    on the programme’s successes.

    The programme is open to all schools in England and to sign
    up, schools just need to register at

    Young Carers in Schools

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