Showcase the quality of your school’s vital support for young carers

Project work with young female carer

Young Carers in Schools is an exciting England-wide initiative that equips schools to identify and support young carers and awards good practice.

In collaboration with Carers Trust, we are improving the identification and support of young carers in schools across the country, so that they get the help they need. 

Research shows that:

  • 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 – an average of one grade lower than their peers (The Children’s Society, 2013).
  • They are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19 (The Children’s Society, 2013).
  • A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).

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.

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

 

About the award

Keeping Children Safe in Education (Sept 2020)

 

The 2020 updated Keeping Children Safe in Education ( KCSiE 2020.gov.uk ) comes into force on 1st September 2020. Government advises that all schools and colleges must continue to adhere to this guidance throughout the pandemic.

Young Carers are recognised as one of the vulnerable groups of students.  The guidance requires that ’all school and college staff should be particularly alert to the potential need for early help for a child who …

• is a young carer;’

That: ‘All staff should be aware of their local early help process and understand their role in it.’  (KCSiE 2020 Part one, p.7) This is in recognition of the disadvantage and potential risks caring duties can bring for children and young people.  With early intervention, young carers can be kept well and safe and impact on attendance and attainment minimised.

Independent research evidences that implimenting the YCiS programme show that this programme results in increased confidence, wellbeing, achievement and attainment of young carers and we would encourage you to continue to utilise and implement the structure of support available through the programme. Latest research taken 2019.