Participation of Young People

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 Participation of Young People, including key messages, tools and resources.

Key Briefing

Young carers and families are experts on their own lives. It falls to professionals across all sectors to include them in shaping the personalised and integrated responses that best suit their needs. This means taking account of their hopes, aspirations, strengths and achievements and the need for advice and support for all the family. Continued caring by children and supporting others in a family can be an appropriate part of this where this does not have an adverse affect on well-being.


Young Carers Forum GuideIt is important to ensure young carers are empowered to be involved in this process, a good way to enable young carers involvement is to set up a Forum which brings together young carers to raise awareness, get involved in consultations and link into local professional steering and strategic groups for young carers.

The Young Carers’ Forum: a guide and poster can support the set up of a forum in your area


putting it into practice - ncsRead the “Putting it into practice for young carers: A report on recent consultations with young carers for the new national carers strategy“.

Webinars & Videos

Following on from the new legislation in 2014 affecting young carers and their families, young people share in this video what works for them when it comes to identification, assessments and support.

National Resources

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Carers Trust
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The Children’s Society Include Programme
YC Services Map
Young Carers Services Map

 Local Examples