Young carers research and practice forum – Transitions – June 2022

On Monday 6 June 2022 the Young Carers Alliance held a forum looking at some of the issues affecting young carers at different transition points.

Almost 100 practitioners, academics and others gathered to hear about and discuss important issues around young carer transitions – including from primary to secondary school, to university and into working life – and support at different stages of their lives. The event took place at the start of Carers Week 2022.

You can view the full forum below:

The PowerPoint slides as used at the forum can be downloaded here [PDF, 3.4MB]

Agenda of the forum

1pm – Welcome, housekeeping and setting the scene
Andy McGowan, Caring Together

1:10-1:30pm – Research: Transitions to Adulthood and Young Adult Carers
Professor Saul Becker, Manchester Metropolitan University

1:30-1:50pm Research: Young adult carers: making choices and managing relationships with a parent with a mental illness
Dr Kate Blake-Holmes, University of East Anglia

1:50-2pm – Policy: The need to support students with caring responsibilities
Paul Traynor – Head of External Affairs, Carers Trust Scotland

2:00-2:10pm – Comfort Break

2:10-2:25pm – Practice Example 1: Supporting Primary to Secondary transitions
Alice Stevenson, The Benjamin Foundation
Belinda Jones, Caring Together
Charlotte Baker, Centre 33

2:25-2:40pm – Practice Example 2: YAC Transitions
Janice Styles – Young Carer Lead, Carers in Bedfordshire
Chris Martin – Young Carer Support Worker, Carers in Bedfordshire

2:40-2:50pm – Practice Example 3: Young Carers in Transitions to Adulthood
Andrew Deacon, Sefton Carers Centre

2:50-3:20pm – Open floor discussion/Question and Answer

3:20-3:30pm – Closing remarks
Andy McGowan, Caring Together