Last Updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Supporting young carers in education

What is this?

This resource provides educational practitioner’s information about young carers and how we can support their wellbeing and education.

Who is this for?

Educational practitioners across all sectors of education with particular relevance to those in pastoral/pupil support and guidance roles.

Research suggests that around 7% of young people in Scotland have caring responsibilities. It is likely that this is an underestimate as not all young carers will recognise themselves as a young carer or identify as one.

The research shows that being a young carer tends to be associated with poorer health and well-being and suggests that young carers may face challenges in participating in social activities and may feel isolated as a result. Caring may also adversely affect some young carers education particularly in terms of attendance, tiredness levels and concentration, and even bullying.

Educational settings and practitioners can be a valuable source of support for young carers and evidence suggests that children and young people engaged in young carer support projects feel recognised, supported and valued.

Cover of Supporting Young Carers bookletThis resource will help practitioners recognise young carers and provides ideas about how they can effectively support them. This resource is a useful reference for whole staff or individual professional learning.


PDF file: Education Booklet 2022 (860 KB)

Improvement questions

  • How am I helping young carers be ready to learn and then engage in learning?
  • What could I do more of, less of, or differently to support young carers?
  • How can partnership working, with other practitioners, parents, the wider community, and partners, be developed further to better support young carers?
  • Are our young carers recorded in SEEMIS as having additional support needs?
  • What professional learning do I need, or can I offer, to support practitioners who work with young carers?