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

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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.

What does the programme have to offer schools?

The Young Carers in Schools programme has a range of benefits and resources to offer schools, including:

Applying for an award provides the unique opportunity for your school to gain England-wide recognition for good practice, and to showcase the quality your school’s vital support for young carers to pupils, families and Ofsted.

You can also download our Professionals factsheet Young Carers and School to go alongside Supporting young carers and their families booklet.

Submit an award

Don’t forget! 

Identifying and supporting young carers is vital to ensuring this vulnerable pupil group, specifically mentioned by Ofsted, are able to attend, achieve and enjoy school in the same way as their peers. 

The outcomes from implementing 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.

You do not need to apply for an award to access the comprehensive package of support provided by the programme that make it easier than ever for you to identify and improve outcomes for young carers at your school.

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