Information and visual displays 

Young Carer Poster – What’s in a Young Carer’s School Bag here.

Staff Room Poster – Facts about Young Carers here.

Young Carer Powerpoint Assembly here – AssemblyExampleYoungCarers

Key ways to make your school Young Carer aware

Have a designated carers lead worker – find information here.

Use a Young Carer Policy – see best practice example (with thanks to Longleaze Primary School) here.

Send out Young Carer Identification letter to parents and carers here – Sample letter for parents

Use pupil premium to support Young Carers, read Carers Trust guide here.

Digital Pack for Teachers and Professionals

We have also developed a digital pack with information around young carer awareness, identification, case study examples and information around the referral process. Find it here.

Carers Trust and The Young Carers in Schools Programme has consulted young carers, schools and carers services and created a succinct PDF guide and an all-staff briefing PowerPoint presentation for all schools to use, to inform their response to the needs of young carers at this time. Find it here. 

Read the results from the most recent Carers Trust Young Carer and Young Adult Carer survey about how coronavirus is affecting them.

As many as one in six students in every class could be a young carer so it’s incredibly important to identify and support them in schools. Young carers are a vulnerable and disadvantaged group, meaning poor attendance, poorer mental health and bullying are frequently experienced. This affects school attainment and performance. Under the Children and Families Act 2014, all Young Carers under the age of 18 have a right to an assessment from the local authority, regardless of who they care for, what type of care they provide, or how often they provide care.

Identifying and supporting Young Carers can have a huge positive impact on the wellbeing of students who may be struggling, and allow them to feel supported and understood.

To find out more about Young Carers and the referral process, click here.