Young Carers in Schools is a free England wide initiative making it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers and awarding good practice.
Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society Young Carers in Focus partners, Young Carers in Schools supports and celebrates effective local partnership working. It is funded by The Queen’s Trust and Big Lottery Fund until March 2017.
How does Young Carers in Schools support local partnership working with schools?
- Celebrating effective partnership working through the Young Carers in Schools Award – validating the hard work carried out locally to develop good links between schools and young carers services.
- Raising the profile of young carer support in schools.
- Encouraging schools to take a proactive approach to developing and maintaining effective links with their local young carers service, supporting timely and appropriate referrals.
- Providing key tools to facilitate partnership working including checklists and a template Working Together Agreement.
- Raising schools’ awareness of young carers’ rights under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.
Tools for local authorities and young carers services:
Reflecting the differing capacities of young carers services and local authorities, a range of tools are available to make it as easy as possible for you to raise school awareness of the programme locally, including:
- A range of template letters for use with local schools including:
- Template letter for use by local authorities
- Template letter for use by young carers services which currently in partnership with schools
- Template letter for use by young carers service which have not yet engaged with schools and have capacity to offer services in schools
- Template_letter for use by young carers services which have not yet engaged with schools and have limited or no capacity to offer services in schools