The Young Carers in Schools Wales Toolkit is based on the hugely successful awards scheme developed in partnership with The Children's Society and Carers Trust for schools in England.
The programme was adapted for Wales in order 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 opportunity for joint working with health, local authorities, young carers, their families and young carers services.
With support from the Shaw Foundation, the Young Carers in Schools programme was piloted across Wales in 2017 by schools in Gwynedd, Denbighshire, Conwy, Pembrokeshire, Merthyr Tydfil and Caerphilly. Further scoping was also carried out in Cardiff and Greater Gwent, supported by Carers Trust South East Wales, where peer review trails are currently underway.
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 pilot programme was celebrated at the Senedd on 6th December 2017 supported and attended by The Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies. The Cabinet Secretary for Education and the minister released a joint statement ahead of the launch, recognising the importance of supporting young carers in schools and outlining details of a thematic review by Estyn due to take place in 2018-19.
For further information about the programme, including bilingual materials and resources, visit professionals.carers.org