Young carers are children and young people who look after or help look after a family member or friend who has an illness, a disability, or is affected by a mental health condition or addiction.
Caring impacts on the experience of young carers in schools and colleges, including their well-being, punctuality, attendance and attainment.
Schools and colleges can play a crucial role in signposting young people for support, as well as taking steps to support their learning. Some effective practices were highlighted in Estyn’s thematic review into young carers (2019).
Carers Trust Wales was funded by Welsh Government to develop resources to support the identification, attainment, and well-being of learners with caring responsibilities.
The suite of engaging and accessible resources for primary and secondary schools includes lesson plans, and printable worksheets and factsheets. They have been developed to align with the Curriculum for Wales (Welsh Government, 2020).