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Young People: Carers

Question for Department for Education

UIN 130855, tabled on 5 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether his Department has made an assessment of the adequacy of support for young carers in education.

Answered on

13 March 2018

Young carers make an enormous contribution and the government is determined to ensure that individuals get the support they need and are able to live a full life beyond their caring responsibilities. We have invested over £3 million in funding Carers Trust and The Children’s Society since 2011 to support local authorities in planning, commissioning and delivering services that provide better outcomes for young carers.

The law was changed in 2014 to improve how young carers and their families are identified and supported. Schools play a very important part in identifying pupils who are young carers and in offering them appropriate support. Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework, which covers inspections of schools and colleges, identifies young carers as one of a number of groups of pupils that inspectors should be particularly alert to their outcomes. The Department of Health and Social Care has also trained school nurses to be champions for young carers, speaking up on their behalf and helping head teachers and governors decide how best to support them at school.

Ahead of the forthcoming social care Green Paper on care and support for older people publication, the Department of Health and Social Care will shortly be publishing plan, setting out a cross-government programme of targeted work to support carers.