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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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)