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.

Henley Festival

The Children’s Society has signed an exciting new three-year partnership with the Henley Festival which will provide additional support to thousands of young carers. The funds will be used to support young carers in the Henley area across Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire and make sure practitioners, directors of support services and commissioners will access specialist training to better identify and support young carers and their families from across these regions. We will also positively impact around another 750 young carers across these regions by supporting 20 schools to join our national Young Carers in Schools programme.

The Festival, which has been running since 1983, brings artists of the highest calibre from all over the world. It draws an audience in excess of 30,000 to a quintessentially English location to experience UK music, art, comedy, food and culture. This year’s festival runs from 6-10 July.

Several young carers will have the excitement of being part of the magical festival atmosphere, reviewing performances in the local paper and through online blogs. Our work exposing young carers’ stories will also be integrated into the festival itself – including via a display of our Hidden photography exhibition - as well as the marketing and communications around it.


Henley Conference: Implementing change for hidden young carers

22nd February 2017, 10am - 5pm

Meadow Suite, WhiteKnights Campus, University of Reading, RG6 6UA

A conference for practitioners, directors of services and commissioners to provide updates them on the current national picture for young carers, share models of effective identification and whole family support for young carers and their families. In particular the afternoon will focus on families affected by stigmatised illness and those often hidden from support.

Delegates will hear about the current National perspective for young carers and their families, including review of the national legislation and guidance; hearing from the Department of Health about the new Carers Strategy (due for launch early 2017) and exploring how local authorities and communities can successfully implement whole family working.

The afternoon will consist of a series of interactive ‘mini-lectures’ showcasing national and local implementation models from across England. Themes include:

-       Parental substance misuse

-       Parental mental illness

-       Migration & caring

-       Participation and young people’s wellbeing

-       Armed Forces families

Secure your place

Please note that sending in a booking form does not guarantee you a place – a confirmation email will be sent to confirm your attendance with further information. All confirmations will be sent by 1st February 2017. 


Young Carers in Armed Forces Families

Evidencing the Need

Do you work with young carers? Do you work with young people in armed forces families?

We would like to invite you to attend one of our information and consultation days.

20th January 2017 13:30 – 16:00 - Tedworth House (Help for Heroes), Tidworth, SP9 7AJ

8th February 2017 15:00 – 18:00 - University of Winchester, SO22 4NR

Please register your interest by emailing Emma.Dovener@childrenssociety.org.uk or call 01962 711511 (programme to follow).

The Children’s Society Include programme has been awarded a small piece of funding from NHS England to look at the needs of children in armed forces families who may be undertaking caring responsibilities which impact their own wellbeing and education, and to identify gaps in accessing support services.

This project will run from October 2016 – March 2017 and look at the specific needs of young carers from armed forces families across Hampshire and Wiltshire.

The main aims are:

  • to produce an information resource specifically for young carers in armed forces  families signposting them to further information and advice.
  • to inform future military welfare and external agency professional development to improve recognition and support for these young people.