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 three more capacity building events planned in England for 2014-2015:

Oxford: 23rd September 2014 - Kings Centre, Osney Mead, Oxford, OX2 0ES 

Birmingham: 7th October 2014 - Birmingham City Football Club, St Andrew's Stadium, Birmingham, B9 4NH 

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 two Focused Training Events planned in England for 2014-2015:

London: 11th November 2014 - Abbey Centre, 34 Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU

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: New dates to follow later in the year!

If you wish to put your name on the waiting list, please let us know.

(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 Luella.moody@childrenssociety.org.uk! We offer places for 3-4 champions per project/service as we require a geographical spread across England.

How to attend an event

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

Young carers celebrate as children’s minister announces million pound funding boost

Young carers from across England are celebrating news of a £1.2 million funding boost to improve local support for young carers and their families. Yesterday’s announcement (Tuesday 26 February) by Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Children and Families, comes as 30 children, whose daily lives are dramatically affected by caring for family members, met with professionals to celebrate the achievements of an innovative young carer project.  Find out more on The Children's Society or Carers Trust websites.

Homecare.co.uk and Health and Social Care Reform also reported this story