Young Carers Action Day

13/03/2024 All Day
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Young Carers Action Day (YCAD) is an annual event organised by Carers Trust.

This year it takes place on Wednesday 13 March 2024. It is a day of recognition and action for young carers and young adult carers across the UK. This year’s theme is ‘Fair Futures for Young Carers.’

A young carer should not feel that their caring role is a barrier to learning, employment, aspirations, and goals.

Young carers are significantly less likely to undertake higher education or enter employment and this needs to change. The 2023 school census highlighted a significant under-reporting of the number of young carers in schools, meaning that young carers are not being identified and therefore not being supported. This is likely to be a leading factor in young carers struggling at school, and therefore lessening their chances to succeed in education.

We will be celebrating YCAD by holding a primary and secondary school social event where we can gather young carers feedback as to how we raise the profile of carers in schools and what schools can do to help. These events will give young carers a fun break from caring responsibilities and an opportunity to engage in peer support.

We are encouraging everyone to get a conversation going about young carers to raise public awareness and bring about change for them and their families. We are also asking MPs, organisations, and individuals to pledge their support for young carers and young adult
carers by following this link https://carers.org/youngcarers-alliance/young-carers-pledge

 

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