The Young Carers in Schools Wales programme is based on the hugely successful awards scheme developed in partnership with The Children's Society and Carers Trust for schools in England.

The purpose of adopting the programme in Wales is to:

  • Ensure young carers aren't being missed in schools.
  • Provide a national approach to support teaching, learning and awareness raising in schools.
  • Work alongside the development of the Successful Futures curriculum, ensuring the programme provides an integral approach to supporting vulnerable learners, of which young carers make up a large majority.
  • Provide a real opportuntiy for joint working with health, local authorites, young carers, their families and young carers services.

Recognising and responding to the needs of the young carers is a fundamental part of the Social Services and Well-being Act and as such, will be an enabler for meeting well-being outcomes for local health boards and local authorities.

The Young Carers in Schools programme is currently being piloted by a number of schools across Wales including, Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Conwy, Pembrokeshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Caerphilly, Cardiff and Greater Gwent.

Further information

Contact Gill Winter, Carers Partnership Manager at Carers Trust Wales.

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Thanks to The Shaw Foundation for support of this project.The Shaw Foundation Innovate Support Care