Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative making it easy for schools to support young carers.

We are working with schools across England and Wales to share good practice and develop relevant, accessible tools and training.

The Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) initiative is run jointly by Carers Trust and The Children's Society.

By taking part in the programme, schools will be able to show they are meeting the needs of this particularly vulnerable pupil group (specifically mentioned in Ofsted's and Estyn's Common Inspection Handbook, 2015). As many as one in 12 pupils could be a young carer.

Get involved - schools supporting young carers map

We are calling on all schools that are working to identify and support young carers to showcase their commitment to young carers by adding their school to the Young Carers in Schools map.

Add your school to our interactive map or see if your school is involved

Young carers research

  • 27% of young carers (aged 11-15) miss school or experience educational difficulties (40% where children care for a relative with drug or alcohol problems) (Dearden, C, Becker, S, 2004).
  • They have significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level – the difference between nine Cs and nine Ds (Children's Society, 2013).
  • A quarter of young carers said they were bullied at schools because of their caring role (Carers Trust, 2013).

What you can access through the Young Carers in Schools programme

The impact of Young Carers in Schools

In our latest research, 94% of schools taking part in the Young Carers in Schools programme had a better understanding of the support required for young carers.

Find out more about the programme’s impact.

Further information

For schools in England visit

For schools in Wales, including bilingual materials and resources, visit