We run conferences and events for professionals working with young carers and their families across the country. We also provide bespoke training and support. For more information about our events please contact us.

Last YCiF Champion Hub Event Training

We have sadly had to postpone our hub days planned for 19th-20th February 2016 due to not reaching the numbers needed to run this event.
We are really disappointed to have to cancel these again as through consultation with project workers and young people over the past couple of years, these hub days have been asked for. We really want to meet the needs of the young carers and those who are interested in attending these days.
Therefore if your young carer champions are interested in coming to the Influencing Change/ Being Well hub days please let me know ASAP so we can work with you to provide this in a suitable location and at a convenient date next year.

Northern Young Carers in Schools Quality Assurance Panel

As many of you are aware we have recently launched the Young Carers in Schools Programme nationally. Young carers have been involved in the development of this programme from its first inception 3 years ago and we would like to keep them involved.

As part of the monitoring and review of the Awarding process for schools we would like to invite some Young Carer Champions to be involved in the second ‘Young Carer’s Quality Assurance Panel’ for the programme.

In order to achieve an award each school must submit an application to the Young Carers in Schools Team – each application is reviewed by two verifiers, who must agree on a level to be achieved before this is awarded to the school. We would like to invite interested Champions to quality assure the awards that have been achieved. This will require them to review applications that have been awarded and determine if they feel the appropriate award was given.

Date: Saturday 21 November 2015, 10.45 – 15.15
Methodist Church,
Central Buildings
Oldham Street
M1 1JQ

The day will start with an over view of the programme, and an introduction to the Young Carers Standard marking criteria – you can view the Young Carers Standards paperwork here if you would like to read through them prior to the event. We will then spend some time quality assuring approximately 5 applications. In the afternoon we will be holding a short ‘train the trainer’ session to support the young people attending to deliver sessions to schools.

The panel will consist of Champions from the Young Carers in Focus team, and young carers from Carers Trust network partners.

Spaces are limited so if your Champions are interested please register your interest to toni-marie.smith@childrenssociety.org.uk  by 23 October 2015  

Another panel will be held in the South in early 2016. 


Making a step change for young carers and thier families: Putting it into practice 

Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are delivering a one year Department for Education funded project to support the effective implementation of the duties required under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014 with regard to young carers and their families.

The Making a step change for young carers and thier families: Putting it into practice project will provide consultation, information and support to six ‘Local Authority Trailblazers’ to assist them to develop:

  • Models of collaborative whole family approaches to support individuals with care needs to prevent young carers having to offer inappropriate levels of care
  • Models of developing assessment and support services which specifically address the needs of young carers and their families
  • Processes for identification of the number of local young carers
  • Measures to assess the impact of the new duties in the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014
  • Work collaboratively with schools to better identify and support young carers their families

To register, please email conferences.include@childrenssociety.org.uk.