The Young Carers in Schools programme works to ensure young carers get the right help and support they need to learn, and works in partnership with health boards, local authorities and carers’ services to ensure young carers and their families get the right support.

The programme provides schools with the tools and resources to support young carers, giving them the same access to education, opportunities and future life chances as their peers. Schools produce, collate and submit evidence around five key themes via a portfolio which is reviewed by a Peer Review Panel (see below).

There are three stages of the Young Carers in Schools Programme:

  • The Basics
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Best Practice

The five themes

Schools submit evidence based on five themes to gain accreditation:

  • Understand
  • Inform
  • Identify
  • Support
  • Listen

Peer Review Panel

The Peer Review Panel is made up of young carers who review evidence submitted by schools
before making a decision on if the application is successful. The young carers involved with the
panel are from Monmouthshire, Newport, Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.


Where: Cardiff, Monmouthshire, Newport, Vale of Glamorgan

The programme is funded by Gwent Regional Carers Strategic Partnership’, with funds administered by Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB), and has been running for two years. Over 40 local schools are currently working towards accreditation through the programme.