How you can support young adult carers in employment

How you can support young adult carers in employment

Your workplace could have policy in place that specifically deals with issues that carers could face for example periods of absence or requesting flexible working.

Create a carers policy for your workplace

Your workplace could have policy in place that specifically deals with issues that carers could face for example periods of absence or requesting flexible working.

By creating a policy specifically for carers, you are showing that you support, value and understand the needs of your employees. Macmillan have developed a template Carers Policy that you may find helpful.

Be aware of your duties as an employer under the Equality Act 2010

Under the Equality Act 2010, you must prevent your employees being discriminated against by association with a protected characteristic. Carers are included in this group.

Raise awareness of young adult carers in your workplace

By creating a working environment where young adult carers feel accepted and supported by all members of staff you will be giving them better support and, as a result, they should feel more valued as a member of the team.

Engage with local carers services

Most areas will have a local carers service nearby where young adult carers can access support. You can find them by looking at the carers services map or via your local authorities’ web page or advice line.

Carers services will be able to advise you on the appropriate steps to take to support young adult carers in the workplace.

Carers Services may be interested in working with employers and businesses to raise awareness so see if anyone would be available at your local service. Give them a call to see what they can offer you.

What is being done to support young adult carers in the workplace?

Carers Trust is holding a series of very successful events in partnership with several global companies for young adult carers. The events show young adult carers that they will be accepted in large workplaces whilst showcasing the skills that young adult carers have.

(The event) opened my eyes about the support companies offer carers and jobs available within these companies. I realised my caring role has taught me transferable skills.

(I enjoyed) the tour workshops, feeling of acceptance and understanding respect.  Increasing aspirations and hearing real life stories. Talking to recruitment agency workers about CV’s, It meant a lot to see how being a carer doesn’t have to stop your aspirations or hold you back.  You can be successful.

Carers Trust is managing the Take Action & Support and Time for Change programmes that aim to help young adult carers in taking action to address barriers to their engaging with educational, employment or training aspects of society and support them in doing so.

The programmes will run from June 2014 – December 2016 and will provide young adult carers with a series of activities promoting personal development, wellbeing and new skills to help support their transition to adulthood whilst recognising that they may have additional barriers relating to their caring role.

Employers for carers

This resource is geared towards employers of all adult carers however the information provided is still relevant to supporting young adult carers in your workplace.