Applying for the award doesn't have to be complicated - we've created step by step instructions to help you successfully submit your application

Young carer and his little sister

The Young Carers in Schools award consists of 3 awards; Gold, Silver and Bronze

Each award  is built on 5 standards devised from feedback from young carers

1. UNDERSTAND - There are assigned members of staff with responsibility for understanding and addressing young carers needs

2. INFORM - Awareness is raised by sharing knowledge about disability, illness and young carers throughout the school

3. IDENTIFY - Young carers are being identified within your school

4. LISTEN - They are listened to, consulted with and given time and space to talk

5. SUPPORT - Young carers are supported within the school, and signposted to whole family resources and services outside the school.

To gain an award, we ask schools to evidence how they are meeting these five standards.

To get started

There are key resources that can help you in applying for an award:

  • Award Pack: a full guide to support schools to implement and evidence a Young Carers in Schools award. Contains a step by step guide to the process and a comprehensive checklist of required evidence.
  • A guide to evidencing the Bronze Award: breaks down the essential evidence required to achieve the Bronze Award using examples drawn from successful applications and provides 'top tips' for presenting the evidence.


Having achieved Bronze you can then apply for Silver

  • A guide to evidencing the Silver Award: breaks down the essential evidence required to achieve the Silver Award using examples drawn from successful applications and provides 'top tips' for presenting your evidence.


Step one

You may find it helpful to complete a Baseline Review.  This may help to capture current practice within your school and this may be helpful to use this as a development log. 

Step two

Following on from the Baseline Review the next steps are to implement the changes and develop your provision in the Step by Step Guide as reflected in the Award Pack. 

Please contact your Local young carer services to support you with local engagement and development.

Step three

Utilise the award checklist in the Award Pack to gather your evidence.

The guide to evidencing the Bronze award details all the essential and desirable evidence that is required to achieve a Young Carers in Schools award, in a ‘checklist’ format that allows you to keep track of the evidence that you have gathered and links to support.

Step four

Submit your evidence and checklist.

Even if you are confident in your provision for young carers, we ask that all schools begin by applying for Bronze in the first instance.

Before submitting your evidence please remember to:

  • Complete the front coversheet of the award checklist to ensure we have up to date and correct contact details for the school and lead
  • Include the award checklist with an application, with all the check boxes completed for the evidence submitted
  • Mark each piece of evidence be it photograph, email, letter, screenshot etc. with the standard and level that it relates to (e.g. when submitting a picture of the pupil noticeboard name it ‘S2, Bronze: Pupil Noticeboard’)
  • Be mindful of GDPR and ensure that young people’s confidentiality is protected at all times. 

When submitting your evidence, please ensure that young people cannot be identified - for example by removing or blacking out surnames on a list, or if submitting a case study as part of your application, referring to the young person(s) by their initial(s). We would also ask that you consider the ways in which your school circulates the names of its young carers. It is wonderful to have all school staff working together to support young carers, but this information must be shared sensitively; for example, via face-to-face discussions or email, rather than messages and lists placed on a staff-room noticeboard, which may be accessible to other students or visitors.

Applications are only accepted in electronic formats.

You can email your application and evidence to our YCiS team - please make sure to include the school name and level of application in the subject heading.

Deadlines for submission are the last day of every term and half term

Reviewing applications and feedback:

Within 7 days – we will confirm receipt of your application.

Within 4-6 weeks of the submission deadline – applications will be reviewed by two independent verifiers and an internal multi-agency panel is held to discuss each application. 

Within 2 weeks of the panel (8 weeks after deadline) – schools will be contacted with the outcome of their application.

Achieving the Award


If you have been successful, we will send you an electronic certificate and logo for you to display in school, and on your website. We will also upload your school onto our interactive map of successful schools

If you have been unsuccessful, your 'Continuous Development Plan' will contain some suggestion for additional evidence required to gain an award. If you have been unsuccessful this does not mean that you do not have provision in place for young carers, only that the evidence was either missing, or did not meet our quality threshold (e.g. photos provided were too blurry to identify content on noticeboards).

You can submit additional evidence at any point, and contact us if you require any support in providing evidence.

We do not have a limit on the number of times a school can reapply for any level of the award

If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or by telephone on 01962 711511.