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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Good Practice

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

Research

About Time Grant Evaluations

These independent evaluations review the successful delivery of the two About Time Grant programmes, Time for Change and Take Action and Support, which addressed the issues that can lead to young adult carers becoming disengaged from society.

Published: 2018

Toolkit

Breaking the Silence on Mental Health

This toolkit for young carer and young adult carer services shares learning from Carers Trust’s My Mental Health project. It has information, guidance and best practice on amplifying the voices of young carers and young adult carers and providing more opportunities for their input into mental health support.

Published: 2021

Research

My Future, My Feelings, My Family

The results of a Carers Trust survey into the impact of Coronavirus on young carers aged 12 to 17 and young adult carers aged 18 to 25 was published in July 2020. They point to a steep decline in the mental health and wellbeing of the hundreds of thousands of young people across the UK who provide unpaid care at home for family members or friends.

Published: 2020

Research

No Longer Able to Care

This report highlights how older parent carers and ageing carers who face additional barriers to accessing services should be supported to prepare for a time when they are less able or unable to provide care. The report is accompanied by resources for commissioners, providers and front line staff to use in the development of support for carers to plan for a future when they are less able or unable to care.

Published: 2020

Good Practice

Training resources to help with improving the identification and support of young carers

These resources are designed to support the training of a wide range of professionals and volunteers to identify and support young carers.

Published: 2020

Guidance

Young Carers in Schools Guidance for Schools COVID-19 Recovery and Staff Briefing

This Young Carers in Schools resource helps school staff understand the challenges that young carers are experiencing during the COVID-19 crisis and offers practical guidance on how to support young carers. It is a pack which also includes a Staff Briefing for schools and a Top Tips written by young carers.

Published: 2020

How-to-guide

Young Carers in Schools. Step 5: Acknowledging Young Carers in Principal School Documents

This step, taken from Supporting Young Carers in Schools: A Step-by-step Guide for Leaders, Teachers and Non-teaching Staff, supports schools incorporate the needs of young carers in their principal school documents.

Published: 2020

Good Practice

Identification of Carers in GP Practices

One of the main obstacles to carers getting the right support is identification – both self-identification and identification by health professionals. This document highlights some of the good practice that has been developed by Carers Trust Network Partners. We hope it will encourage GP practices to look at the ways they identify carers, and enable carers to get the support they need.

Published: 2018

Good Practice

Legislation into Practice: Making the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014 a Reality for Young Carers

A resource for local authorities working with schools to identify and support young carers. It sets out how using the Young Carers in Schools programme supports local authorities to ensure they fulfil their statutory duties as set out in the Children and Families Act 2014 and the Care Act 2014.

Published: 2018