Events and training

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.

Making a step change for Young Carers and their Families: Prevention, Intervention and Partnership

  • Capacity Building Days
  • Focused Training Events

Capacity Building Days

Funded by the Department for Education, Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are running FREE events nationally that build on the success of their previous programmes; Building the Practice: Building the Evidence and Prevention through Partnership (PTP). These events will provide attendees with the opportunity to:

  • Provide clarity on the law and local implementation, and help delegates develop a shared understanding of the language being use.
  • Inform and disseminate national guidance and protocol, and provide opportunities to input into public consultation.
  • Build, showcase and embed preventative practice and pathways.

“successful local partnerships depend on the building of constructive relationships and a shared vision around what we are trying to do”  

Working Together To Support Young Carers And Their Families: A Template for a Local Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] between Statutory Directors for Children’s Services and Adult Social Services, 2012

Who should attend:

The events will prove invaluable for Practitioners and Managers involved in

  • Adult social care, including mental health teams and DAAT
  • Children’s Services
  • Education Professionals  
  • Health (inc public Health) and Housing 
  • Voluntary sector professionals working with young carers and families

We have only one more capacity building event planned in England for 2014-2015:

London: 10th February 2015 - City Hall, The Queens Walk, London, SE1 2AA

Download a booking form 

Focused Training Days

Funded by the Department for Education, Carers Trust and The Children’s Society are running two FREE comphrehensive training days nationally in Manchester and London, focusing on current issues facing young carers and their families today.

Whole Family Approach:

The Focused Training Day will focus on four key areas; young carers affected by Parental Substance Misuse, young carers affected by HIV, young carers affected by Parental Mental Ill Health and supporting BME young carers and their families. The day will be largely workshop based giving you the opportunity to attend two workshops, with each one focusing one of the four key areas mentioned above.

Aim of the day:

  • To share learning and practice that will enable services to identify and support young carers and their families providing information, resources and practice guidance.
  • To raise awareness of and to better understand specific issues raised by young carers and their families such as stigma and disclosure.

We have one last Focused Training Event planned in England for 2014-2015:

Manchester: 27th January 2015 - The Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, Manchester, M60 7HA

Download a booking form 

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) Champion Initial Training Conference

Over the course of the programme, the YCiF team will work directly with over 200 Young Carer Champions across England, as well as reaching out to all young carers across the country through Makewaves, a safe social networking site.

Champions will be supported to raise public awareness and promote positive attitudes towards young carers, family illness and disability and to influence local and national systems to deliver support through standardised identification, whole family assessment and services to reduce the number of families relying on children to provide inappropriate levels of care.

Champions start by attending one of the initial Champions Training Conference:

6pm on Friday 30th January through to 5pm on Saturday 31st January 2015 at PGL, Liddington, Swindon for all Southern based projects
6pm on Friday 13th through to 5pm on Saturday 14th March 2015 at Hollowford Centre, Hope, Sheffield for all Northern based projects

(Please note, all accommodation, food, and travel are paid for by us for both the young people and staff member attending. This is a training event not an activity-based residential)

The Conference will include workshops and sessions to enable the Champions to not only build self-esteem and confidence but will equip them with skills around media, leadership, relaxation, and interviewing. We ask that a minimum of one project worker/service worker attend with their champions to support them.

If you have any young people aged 10-25 who you believe would benefit from becoming a young carers champion, and someone who is passionate about getting their voice heard then please let me know, Luella Moody, Participation Worker on 01962 711511 or email! We offer places for 3-4 champions per project/service as we require a geographical spread across England.

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) Champion Specialist Weekends

We have two specialist weekends for Young Carer Champions coming up in October and November.
These weekends are open to all Year 3 Champions and to those Year 1 and 2 champions who couldn’t attend for the last year or two.
(Yr 1+2 champions- If you are unsure which events they attended last year, please don’t hesitate to ask.)

What is a ‘Specialist Weekend’?
As part of the continuing role of a Young Carer Champion for YCiF, champion/s are invited to attend further weekends that will focus on building different skills and knowledge to support them in your role.
These events are part of our ongoing weekends, and hub days that will take place regularly over the next couple of years covering a range of topics and in different areas across England. We are always happy to hear what other sessions or training champions would like to receive so get in touch if they have any ideas.
When are the next weekends?
Media and Interviewing weekend- November 7th-9th @ Hollowford centre, Hope valley, Derbyshire.
This Specialist Media weekend will allow Champions to experience journalism and digital media from both sides of the camera. The Children's Society media team will explain what to expect when dealing with the professional media and being interviewed. DigitalMe will be running sessions on interviewing and media making, giving Champions all the skills they need to plan, conduct, film and edit brilliant interviews.
Both these weekends, give champions more opportunities to complete their YCiF online skills badges.

How do I book?
If your champions are interested in attending one or both of these weekends, please contact us by Wednesday 9th September 2014, so we can add their name/s to the event list. We will then send you a booking and travel form to complete and return to us which will then confirm their place on the weekend.

As with all YCiF events, we pay for all accommodation, food and travel, and arrange the travel for you (Public transport)
We will require a project worker to accompany champions. Over 18’s may come unaccompanied if your risk assessments cover this as well as the individual young people feeling comfortable with this.

The weekends will be limited capacity and will be on a first come, first served basis. We have already had a lot of interest in these weekends, so please ensure you book as early as possible. 

How to attend an event

To register your interest or to request an invitation is sent to your manager or commission, please contact us.