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Young carers in schools award

Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice. Run jointly by The Children’s Society and Carers Trust, the Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) programme works with schools across England to share good practice, provide relevant tools and training, and celebrate the great outcomes many schools achieve for young carers.

facts about young carers in schools


of young carers aged 11–15 miss school or experience educational difficulties

1 in 4

young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring role

School awards

Girl in school library smiles with book in hand

Research shows that young carers have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – an average of one grade lower than their peers. They are also less likely to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19.

The Young Carers in Schools programme aims to provide schools with the tools and resources to support young carers and reduce these negative impacts, giving them the same access to education and future life chances as their peers.

Implementing the YCiS programme has shown increased confidence, well-being, achievement and attainment of young carers as our young carers infographic shows.

To find out more about Young Carers you can download our Supporting Young Carers and their Families booklet and alongside this there is a  Young Carers and School professional factsheet.

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