The first young carers research and practice forum was held on Monday 27 September 2021 and was attended by more than 70 people – academics whose research areas include young carers and staff from young carers organisations.
The forum heard about some of the latest themes and issues appearing in the world of young carers as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As well as hearing from academics and young carer organisations, the forum also gave the opportunity for researchers and practitioners to discuss next steps in taking action on some of these key issues.
You can view the full forum below:
Agenda of the forum
1.00pm – Opening remarks – Andy McGowan, Caring Together, and Dr Emma Maynard, University of Portsmouth.
1.30pm – Young carers and young adult carers research insight
1) School-based support for young carers: Best practice, barriers and enablers
Dr Amy Warhurst, University of Winchester and Dr Sarah Bayless, University of Winchester.
2) ‘But you know, it seems like a lot to ask for’
Young adult carers’ views on their experiences in higher education and support. Catherine Quinn, University of Portsmouth.
3) ‘It’s making his bad days into my bad days’
The impact of COVID-19 social distancing measures on young carers and young adult carers in the UK. Dr Kate Blake-Holmes, University of East Anglia.
2.15pm – Panel question and answer session – Facilitator: Dr Emma Maynard.
2.30pm – Break
2.35pm – Break-out rooms
3.15pm – Closing remarks – Professor Saul Becker, University of Cambridge
As mentioned in the forum:
- Young Carers’ Rights – Making them Real. By Action for Carers –actionforcarers.org.uk/news/young-carers-rights-making-them-real/
- Keeping children safe in education – The Governments statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment – gov.uk/government/publications/keeping-children-safe-in-education–2