Resources

Carers Trust offers a wide range of resources and information for anyone who works with carers. To find a resource, please use the search options in the right hand column or search through the list below. If you have any queries about our resources, please contact web@carers.org.

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Identification Practice of Young Carers in England – Review, Tips and Tools

This resource is primarily aimed to be a guide for local government. The Children and Families Act 2014 places a duty on local authorities to take ‘reasonable steps’ to identify young carers in their area who have support needs. This resource sets out these duties and shows how local government can work with education, health and social care partners to take the steps necessary to increase identification of young carers.

Published: 2019

Good Practice

Gofalwyr Ifanc mewn Ysgolion Offer Canllaw Cam wrth Gam (Cymru)/Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff Wales Edition (Welsh language)

Designed with teachers and schools staff,  the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in primary and secondary schools in Wales as easy as possible. The Guide and tools are available in English and Welsh.

Published: 2017

Good Practice

Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff Wales Edition

Designed with teachers and schools staff,  the Young Carers in Schools Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, helps make the identification and support of young carers in schools in primary and secondary schools in Wales as easy as possible. The Guide and tools are available in English and Welsh.

Published: 2017

Research

Invisible and in Distress: Prioritising the Mental Health of England's Young Carers

There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK; people who are under 18 who help look after someone in their family, or a friend, who are ill, disabled or misuse drugs or alcohol. The report highlights recommendations based on discussions with young carers, sector leaders and young carers services in the Carers Trust network.

Published: 2016

Guidance

Protecting Young Carers from Bullying

This guide is aimed at all professionals who work with young people and are therefore likely to come across young carers. It aims to raise the awareness and understanding of the relationship between being a young carer and bullying, in order that proactive steps can be taken to help prevent young carers from being bullied.

Published: 2016

Guidance

Commissioning for Carers

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) across England are under enormous pressure to meet financial targets and priority areas for improvements within the NHS. This guidance demonstrates how commissioning for carers can help CCGs deliver desired outcomes and make savings across health and social care.

Published: 2015

How-to-guide

My Life Now: Individual Assessment and Planning Tool for Young Carers

My Life Now is an individual assessment and planning tool for young carers. The tools include both an in depth and quick assessment wheel and a framework for setting goals.

Published: 2013

Research

Young Adult Carers at School: Experiences and Perceptions of Caring and Education

In 2013, Carers Trust commissioned the University of Nottingham to undertake research to find out the experiences and aspirations of young adult carers in relation to school, further and higher education and work. 

Published: 2013

How-to-guide

Manual for Measures of Caring Activities and Outcomes for Children and Young People

Questionnaires to be completed by young carers that can be used as assessment tools.

Published: 2012