Young Carers Challenge
Our Challenge is that every school in England will …
Why is it important that schools participate?
- 2023 is a landmark year for young carers in schools – with young carers being added to the school census in England for the first time. This change is something which Carers Trust, The Children’s Society and other charities have long called for in order to improve the identification and support for young carers in schools.
- But the first year results showed just how much still needs to be done to make sure that every young carer has the support they need to thrive in education and have the same opportunities as other young people.
- The data showed that 79% of schools reported that they had no young carers in their schools – we know this is simply not the case.
- Young carers regularly tell us that one of their top priorities is better recognition and support for young carers in school, and that support available shouldn’t depend on where young carers live or what school they attend. We could not agree more – we believe in a society where every young carer feels recognised and supported in school.
- For this reason, and because of the ever-increasing evidence about the impact caring responsibilities can have on attendance and attainment, Carers Trust, The Children’s Society and other members of the Young Carers Alliance are marking the start of the new school year by launching a Young Carers Challenge for schools.
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Updates to the Young Carers in Schools Award
Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are also excited to announce that from January 2024, we will be launching a refreshed Young Carers in Schools award, designed to help schools across England to improve their ability to identify and support their young carers. Schools who complete the Young Carers Challenge will already have met a number of the standards of the refreshed award.
In order to enable schools to focus on the actions in the Young Carers Challenge and make sure they are ready for the next round of the School Census in January, applications for the YCiS Award will be paused from September 29th. If you already have an application underway please submit by September 29th, if not please apply to the refreshed Award we will launch in January.
To support schools to prepare for the next school census submission and adopt the Young Carers Challenge, Carers Trust and The Children’s Society will be running a series of webinars, open to any school or young carers service.
The Young Carers in Schools Guide has a range of resources to support your commitment to the Young Carers Challenge. Tools include:
- Young Carers School Operational Lead duties checklist (Step 4 Tool 1)
- Checklist of signs a pupil is a young carer (Step 7 Tool 1)
- Staff noticeboard material (Step 7 Tool 2)
- Staff training PowerPoint (Step 7 Tool 5)
- Pupil noticeboard material (Step 8 Tool 1)
- Pupil assembly PowerPoint (Step 8 Tool 2)
- Young Carer Quiz (Step 8 Tool 3)
- Working in partnership with your local young carers service (Step 6, Tool 5, 6 and 7)