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.

Young Carers in Focus (YCiF) Champion Specialist Weekends

What is a ‘Specialist Weekend’?

As part of the continuing role of a Young Carer Champion for YCiF, champions are invited to attend weekends that will focus on building different skills and knowledge to support them in their role. These events are part of our ongoing weekends and hub days that will take place soon 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. These weekends are open to all Champions only who have not yet had chance to attend a specialist weekend.
When is the next weekend?

Media and Interviewing weekend- 25th-27th September 2015 at Kingswood, Wolverhampton.

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. This weekend will give champions another opportunity to complete their YCiF online skills badges.

How do I book?

If your champions are interested in attending this weekend, please contact us, 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. The weekends will be limited capacity and will be on a first come, first served basis. We have already had a lot of interest, so please ensure you book as early as possible. 
We require a project worker to accompany champions. Over 18’s may come unaccompanied if your risk assessments cover this and the young people feel comfortable with this. As with all YCiF events, we pay for all accommodation, food and travel, and arrange the travel for you (public transport).


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.