Caring Together were very proud to have been able to present some of our resources helping schools identify and support young carers as part of the third International Young Carers Conference from Monday 3 to Thursday 6 May.
Young carers – children and young people who provide care for a relative or friend with long-lasting limitations (chronic illness, disability, frailty or addiction) – are too often invisible and their needs for support are not met.
The programme was held virtually due to COVID-19 and attended by researchers, practitioners, young carers and policymakers, coming from more than 20 countries, including Japan, Canada, United States, India, Kenya and East Africa.
On Tuesday 4 May our head of carer services, Andy McGowan, presented about how we have created specific resources to remove barriers to identifying the youngest young carers.
Andy told delegates about our resource pack and animation for schools for early years foundation stage and Key Stage 1.
Andy from @CaringTogether sharing some stark data on infant young carers. Love the animated resource! #IYCC2021
— Ruth ???? (@littlespy) May 4, 2021
So pleased to be able to share our @CaringTogether Infant Carer Young Carer Awareness Pack with professionals and organisations from across the world #IYCC2021 #youngcarers pic.twitter.com/no4kE11NJL
— Andy McGowan (@andy_mcgowan) May 4, 2021
The resources include activities designed by staff at Magdalen Gates Primary School who work with young carers and this age group and include a mixture of resources that school staff can pick and choose from including. stories, classroom activities, poems, colouring sheets, songs.
There is also a short, animated version of the story and life-size cut-outs our team use when they deliver assemblies.
Find out more about Andy’s presentation at caringtogether.org/news/international-young-carers-conference