Last Updated: Monday, August 03, 2020

Supporting Young Carers in Education during COVID-19

What is this?

This resource highlights some of the issues faced by young carers during COVID 19 and the creative ways schools, local authorities and third sector organisations have been supporting them through lockdown, school closure, and recovery planning.

Who is this for?

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

Many children and young people are having to face new challenges because of Covid-19. Some will find themselves taking on new caring roles as parents, carers or siblings become ill with Covid-19. Those who are already young carers will have to deal with the added pressures that lockdown, school closure and recovery creates. Without school, young carers lose an important layer of support.

Balancing learning at home and caring responsibilities may be particularly difficult for young carers therefore online learning support and a trusted adult to talk to is vital. Virtual classes also provide opportunities for young carers to take a break from caring and to see friends.

Here are some ideas of how young carers can be supported:

Improvement questions

  • How do I identify the needs of young carers in the current circumstances?
  • How am I helping young carers to continue to engage in learning?
  • What support and information can I signpost young carers, their families and professionals to?
  • How might the support and provision for the young carer need to be adapted or done differently during Covid-19?
  • How can partnership working be utilised further to better support young carers’ wellbeing and to achieve and sustain positive educational outcomes?
  • How can I raise awareness of the needs of young carers during this time and ensure that their needs and voices are heard in recovery planning?