Young carer and young adult carer work in Scotland

Carers Trust Scotland undertakes national projects and work to improve awareness, identification and support for all young carers and young adult carers in Scotland.

Key areas of activity:
Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance

The Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance (SYCSA) is a network of young carers services across Scotland and one of the National Carer Organisations. The SYCSA is hosted by Carers Trust Scotland. Currently there are 41 members providing direct face to face support to young carers.

Find out more about the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance

Scottish Young Carers Festival

The Scottish Young Carers Festival has been delivered by Carers Trust Scotland for the last 13 years with an average of 500 young carers attending each year. The Scottish Young Carers Festival provides a chance for young carers to have a break from their caring role, meet other young carers, take part in consultation and most importantly, have fun.

Find out more about the Scottish Young Carers Festival

Primary and secondary education in Scotland

Our National Strategic Education Project aims to standardise training and awareness of young carers for teachers/education staff throughout Scotland.

We undertake primary and secondary education research and policy development work to identify possible areas for improvement for young carers’ education and help to support education professionals to identify young carers.

Find out more about primary and secondary education in Scotland

Scottish Youth Parliament

Carers Trust Scotland became a national organisational member of the Scottish Youth Parliament in 2016. Carers Trust Scotland supports two Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament (MSYPs) who represent young carers and young adult carers, aged 12 – 25, across Scotland.

Find out more about our Scottish Youth Parliament work

Together European Partnership Project

Carers Trust Scotland is part of an Erasmus+ funded TOGETHER - A whole Family Approach for Young Carers project with partners in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Italy.  The project to raise awareness of young carers and to support them and their families.

Find out more about the Together European Partnership Project

Introducing children's rights

Training tool for gaining an understanding of children's rights, rights frameworks (e.g. UNCRC) and rights-based legislation (e.g. the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014. 

Find out more about introducing children's rights here