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Young Carers in Schools is an exciting England-wide initiative that equips schools to support young carers and awards good practice.

Run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society, we are improving the identification and support of young carers in schools across the country, so that they get the help they need. This initiative was initially funded by The Queen’s Trust and The Big Lottery Fund.

Carers Trust and The Children’s Society were funded to process Young Carers in Schools Award applications until March 2017.

We are delighted to confirm that we have secured funding to continue to take applications from schools across England for the Young Carers in Schools Award until September 2017.  Applying for an award provides the unique opportunity for your school to gain England-wide recognition for good practice, and to showcase the quality your school’s vital support for young carers to pupils, families and Ofsted.

To apply for an award, follow these simple 5 steps and access our essential video containing top tips that will help ensure your application is successful.

Don’t forget! Identifying and supporting young carers is vital to ensuring this vulnerable pupil group, specifically mentioned by Ofsted, are able to attend, achieve and enjoy school in the same way as their peers. 

The outcomes from implementing the YCiS programme show that this programme results in increased confidence, wellbeing, achievement and attainment of young carers and we would encourage you to continue to utilise and implement the structure of support available through the programme

You do not need to apply for an Award to access the comprehensive package of support provided through the Young Carers in Schools programme that makes it easier than ever for you to identify and improve outcomes for young carers at your school.

For further information and to showcase your schools’ commitment to young carers on our “Schools supporting young carers map” please visit 

Research shows that:

  • 27% of young carers (aged 11–15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
  • They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Bs and nine Cs (The Children’s Society, 2013).
  • They are more likely than the national average not to be in education, employment or training (NEET) between 16 and 19 (The Children’s Society, 2013).
  • A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at school because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).

Young Carers in Schools Awards

Enter the awards to get recognition from several leading charities for effective practice:

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