Our June blog highlights the positive impacts of a national programme created to support young carers in schools.

An innovative national programme created to support young carers in schools has seen a dramatic impact on the well-being, confidence and achievement of pupils.

Seventy two schools taking part in the Young Carers in Schools programme (YCiS) have provided key data highlighting the positive outcomes of the project.

The YCiS programme is a series of online tools and resources, awareness raising and professional development events, a termly e-newsletter, and the nationally recognised Young Carers in Schools award. It enables schools to demonstrate their commitment to supporting this vulnerable pupil group, which was specifically mentioned in Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework, introduced in September 2015.

A huge 94% of the schools taking part in the programme said they have noticed improvements in the well-being and confidence of young carers and 97% said they had a better understanding about the type of support young carers may need.

The findings also show that 89% of schools had identified more young carers in their schools and 60% had seen a positive impact in their achievement of young carers in school.

Launched in April 2015 by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society, YCiS aims to enable schools to identify and support young carers more effectively. The latest report indicates positive results in the key areas of identification, punctuality, wellbeing and achievement.

The findings build on previous research carried out by Carers Trust and The Children's Society, which shows that, on average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year. They often have lower levels of self-confidence, mental wellbeing and significantly lower educational attainment at GCSE level.

The 2011 Census statistics revealed that there are just over 166,000 young carers in England, but separate research reveals that this is just the tip of the iceberg. The true figure could be closer to 700,000 young carers in England, equivalent to one in 12 school children many of whom are unrecognised and unsupported.

Other statistics revealed in the data include: 

  • 74% of schools had noticed an improved attendance among young carers
  • 78% identified that young carers were better connected or supported by other organisations
  • 61% reported that young carers were more able to engage in extra curricular activities
  • 100% would recommend YCiS to other schools

A young carer is anyone under 18 who is responsible for emotional, practical or physical care for a parent, sibling or other family member who has a physical disability, chronic illness, mental health issue or substance misuse problems. 

:: Find out more information about the YCiS programme and access tools and support.


Read our previous blogs:

Our May 2017 blog looks at some recently published figures giving a picture of alcohol dependency in England.

Our April 2017 blog reflects on the value and benefits for children and young people in being able to tell their story.

Our March 2017 blog is a guest post from Rebecca Mistry, family work co-ordinator with RAPt.

Our February 2017 blog is a guest post from Josh, the child of an alcoholic and author of awareness-raising blog COAisathing. Here he shares his experiences, his thoughts and his hopes.

Our January 2017 blog looks ahead to opportunities for awareness and action in 2017.

All 2016 blogs

All 2015 blogs

December 2014 blog