Supporting Young Carers in Education

Welcome to the new Digital Education Hub for all staff in Scotland working with young carers in schools. 

The Hub is broken down by local authority and you will find information provided by young carer services to help you identify and support young carers in schools. There is a range of resources such as school awards, lesson plans, presentations, e-modules as part of Continuing Professional Development training, schools charters and information on local young carer services.

There is also guidance, information and copies of Young Carer Statements. In April 2018, the Scottish Government launched the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, this means that young carers in Scotland have the right to a Young Carer Statement. If you identify a young carer in your class, or school, you should offer them the opportunity to have a Young Carer Statement prepared which will highlight any support needs they may have. Your local authority will be able to tell you who is leading on Young Carer Statements for your area. You can find further information about the statement in our jargon buster Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 – Jargon Buster for Young Carers 

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

The information in the Hub is to help you to identify and support young carers in your school. However, we would also recommend that you link in with your local young carers service who can provide further information and support for young carers.

For further information please contact us on or 0300 772 770.

Who is a young carer? 

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps look after someone who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.

Young carers tell us year on year that education is one of the biggest barriers they face, often with teachers not understanding their caring role. 

Identifying Young Carers

The Scottish Government recognises that there are at least 44,000 young carers in Scotland and 29,000 of them are under 16*.  Further extensive survey work by young carers services and Carers Trust Scotland show that 1 in 10 children in a class has a caring role, however, the number of young carers recorded across schools in Scotland is significantly lower.


National resources

Education Scotland – National Improvement Hub

This resource provides information to help identify young carers and the services they provide. It also highlights the impact of caring. There are downloadable reference documents and links to key legislation, policy and guidance.

It is for Educational practitioners across all sectors of education with particular relevance to those in pastoral/pupil support and guidance roles.


Enquire provides advice and information about additional support for learning in Scotland, helping schools and families work together to ensure children get the right support. 

Enquire can: 

  • explain children’s rights to additional support for learning 
  • explain your responsibilities under additional support for learning legislation
  • provide advice to help you build good relationships with parents and carers of children with additional support needs. 
  • provide helpful guides and factsheets to share with parents and carers at your school meetings and events.

My Rights, My Say

In Scotland, all children have the right to have their views considered when decisions are being made about the support they get with their learning. Children with additional support needs aged 12 – 15 have rights to be more involved in the decisions that affect them.

My Rights, My Say supports children aged 12-15 to use these rights. It’s independent, confidential and easy to use, and here to make sure the voices of children with additional support needs are heard.

Young Scot – Young Carer Package

Young carers aged 11-18 years across Scotland can now access non-cash benefits through Young Scot as part of the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting young carers, it includes free cinema tickets, first aid training, discounts on meals out and much more. 

Find out more:

Young Carer Grant

Young Carer Grant is a yearly payment of £300 for young carers who live in Scotland

A young carer can get the Young Carer Grant if all of these apply:

  • live in Scotland
  • aged 16, 17 or 18 years old
  • they have been caring for one or more people for around 16 hours a week, for the last 3 months. Caring can include supporting either the physical or mental health and wellbeing of someone (or both)
  • the person or people being cared for are on a qualifying benefit
  • they are not in receipt of Carer's Allowance

Find out more about the grant:

Aberdeen City

Am I a young carer?

Young Carer Toolkit

What is a Young Carer Statement

Young Carer Statement - Part 1 Guidance

Young Carer Statement - Part 1


Young Carer Statement Guidance

Young Carer Statement

Argyll and Bute

Young Carers Card - Cowal and Bute

Young Carer Statement

Dumfries and Galloway

Fact Sheet

Education Leaflet

Young Adult Carers Centre

Young Carer Statement Information

Young Carers Project


Schools resource pack

These young carers workbooks are not young carer statement documents. The existing child’s plan has been adapted to include young carer statement elements, and is for use with young people to help them actively participate in drafting their own young carer statement.

Young Carer Statement Workbook

Young Carer Statement Workbook V3 - Secondary

Young Carer Statement Workbook V4 - Secondary

Young Carers Policy

S1 Lesson Pack

S2 Lesson Pack

S3 Lesson Pack

S4 Lesson Pack

East Dunbartonshire

Primary School Presentation

Young Carers Statement - Primary

Young Carers Statement - Secondary

High School Presentation

Young Carers Handbook

Linked Up A4 Poster

Referral Form for Professionals

East Lothian

Young Carers Statement

My Plan

East Renfrewshire

Young Carer Statement Poster


Schools Awareness Raising Project at Edinburgh Young Carers

“Edinburgh Young Carers has been delivering a Schools Awareness Raising Project across the City since 2010, with the aim to enable greater identification of, and support to, Young Carers in Edinburgh, through working directly with primary and secondary schools; and to develop whole-school approaches to awareness raising and support of those children and young people with caring responsibilities. Through our schools project, EYC successfully removes the barriers that young carers and hidden young carers face within school, ensuring they can enjoy their time within the classroom and achieve their full educational potential.”

We Care Award

“The We Care Schools for Young Carers Award recognises and rewards good practice around identifying and supporting young carers in schools across Scotland.

Run by Edinburgh Young Carers, but with support from young carer services across the country, We Care aims to encourage schools to develop their skills and experience in working with young carers. By developing approaches, policies and regular self-evaluation, schools taking part in We Care will ensure that young carers are supported in achieving their identified personal outcomes and the barriers they may be facing to accessing a full education will be reduced or removed.”

Find out more about taking part and registering for We Care at

You can Register for the We Care Award at

Young Carers Schools Lesson Plan

Young Carers School Resource Pack

Young Carers Statement Guidance for Practitioners

Young Carers Statement

Local Carer Eligibility Criteria

Falkirk and Clackmannanshire

Young Carer Statement


Young Carers Statement

Young Carers Statement guidance

Glasgow (Glasgow City Carers Partnership)

Poster 1

Poster 2

Young Carers information

Young Carers Services

Family Diversity Presentation

Medical Conditions Presentation

Virtual Young Carer Presentation

What is a Young Carer Presentation

Young Carers Lesson Plans

Young Carer Statement

Please note that Glasgow City Carers Partnership are in the process of updating some of the materials due to recent changes.


Connecting Young Carers Parent Info

Connecting Young Carers Schools Info

Connecting Young Carers General Info

Connecting Young Carers Schools Positive Award Info

Child's Plan 2018

Form 1

A young carer is defined as a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person. Young carers can be caring for or supporting a parent, sibling or another close family member. Some young carers are caring for more than one individual.

A survey in 2017 found that in Highland alone an estimated 11.5% of young people are doing some form of caring for a family member. With numbers continuing to rise,  early identification and support from the services are key.  This free module aims to support greater understanding of the role young carers play, some of the challenges they may have and what we can do to support them.

If you work with children aged 10-16, you may wish them to access the ‘young persons’ version of this module which will help raise their awareness of the role of a young carer, either as a young carer themselves or as the friend to someone who may be in a caring role.

E-learning module


Young Carers Statement Guidance

Young Carers Statement Version 1.2

Young Carers Statement Version 2

North Aryshire

Young Carers Guidance

Young Carers Statement Primary

Young Carers Statement Secondary

North Lanarkshire

Young Carer Statement

Young Carer Statement 2

S1 Presentation

Perth and Kinross

Young Carer Flowchart for Professionals

Young Carers Statement Guidance Notes

Young Carer Statement

Young Carer Attaintment Service Easy Referral Guidelines

Referral Form

Scottish Borders

Are you a Young Carer?

Getting it right for young carers

South Lanarkshire

Young Carers Statement


A3 Poster

Young Carers Charter for Action

Young Carer Service Flyer

Young Carer Statement

Young Carers Staff CPD Training Presentation

West Lothian

Young Carers Charter for Action

Young Carers School Poster

Young Carer Passport

West Lothian Young Carers Poster

School powerpoint

Carers of West Lothian E-learning tool