On this page, you will find the learning arising from the Making a step change for young carers and their families: Putting it into practice project related to the theme of Leadership, including key messages, tools and resources.

Key Briefing

Local authorities need to take the opportunity of recent legislation (the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014) to review their leadership and management arrangements. There is a vital role for leadership and management in making a step change for young carers and their families, and the issue of accountability is persistent. Read our briefing on Leadership and Management.

Webinars & Videos

Webinar: New rights for young carers and their families – whole working family
Discussion about rights and legislation for young carers and young adult carers, including how to ensure young carers and their families understand them, and promoting whole family approaches.
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Video: Young Carers Pathway

John Bangs, Carers Strategy and Development Manager with Surrey County Council describes how involving many stakeholders from across the system into a unified referral and support pathway helps improve outcomes for young carers and their families.

Video: Raising awareness of young carers within local authorities

Tracey Smith from Sandwell Young Carers shares how they have contributed to workforce development training across the services to help increase early identification of young carers.

Video: Young Carers: Are professionals, campaigners and politicians in the right frame of mind?

A year on from the Care Act and the Children & Families Act, Tom Magner of Carers World Radio investigates the impact of the new legal duty on local councils to identify and support young carers.

National Resources

Commissioning Services for Young Carers and their Families
Commissioning Services for Young Carers and their Families
c act c and f act overview
A summary of the new rights for young carers and their families in the Care Action 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014