What is the award?

The Young Carers in Schools Award allows schools to gain recognition from leading charities for their good practice and ability to meet the needs of young carers.

The Award has been developed in consultation with schools, young carer services and young carers.

The Award consists of two levels – an Award and, launching in 2024, an Award Plus. It is based on five standards which were developed following consultation with young carers. These five standards underpin the new Young Carers in Schools Award:

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 the school

4. LISTEN

Young carers 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

Key resources that can help you in applying for an award:

Young Carers in Schools Award Pack

A full guide to support schools to implement and evidence the Young Carers in Schools Award.

The YCiS Award Provision Map

A table that outlines the criteria of the Award, the suggested evidence and helps to track progress towards the Award.

The YCiS Award Evidence Example Pack

This document provides examples of evidence that can be supplied.

Young Carers in Schools Award Launch webinar

Listen to Carers Trust & The Children's Society launch the updates Young Carers in Schools Award.

Young Carers in Schools Award Plus Pack

A full guide to support schools to implement and evidence a Young Carers in Schools Plus Award.

Your local carers service

Your local carers service can greatly enhance school support for young carers and can often facilitate the identification of young carers.

How to apply for the award:

To achieve the Young Carers in Schools Award, evidence must be provided to show how your school or college is implementing the criteria.

  • A lot of the evidence required to demonstrate the work you are doing to identify and support young carers can be provided through photos of your young carers noticeboard for pupils. You could send us both a wide-angle picture of the noticeboard, but also a close-up picture of the specific area for each relevant section of the Award. It is important you upload clear photos and label them appropriately.
  • Even if you are confident in your provision for young carers, we ask that all schools initially apply for the Young Carers in Schools Award – this will make the process easier if you wish to apply for the Young Carers in Schools Award Plus.
  • The Award will have a three-year expiry date to ensure that the provision for young carers remains in place. Schools will be contacted and asked to re-apply.
  • Schools will also be asked how many young carers they have recorded when they submit their application. We will be in contact a year after the school achieves the Award to see if the number of identified young carers has increased.
To apply for the Award, please use the online application submission

Submission dates

Deadlines for submission are quarterly: 28th March, 28th June, 28th September, 28th December.

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 — schools will be contacted with the outcome of their application.

If you have any queries, contact YCiS@childrenssociety.org.uk