Schools urged to do more for young carers

Education inspectorate Estyn is calling on secondary schools to do more to identify and support the 30,000 young carers in Wales.

An Estyn study found that many secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units do not know which learners have a caring role at home. As a result, the support they receive varies widely across Wales.

Meanwhile, schools which do identify and support these young people have made a real difference to academic success and wellbeing. Those which are the most successful have a named lead person for young carers and generally provide a “high level of care”. Young carers in these schools say they are “confident to raise concerns” and confident that any issues will be dealt with sensitively.

The scale of this issue first hit the headlines 10 years ago in Wales when the Office of the Children’s Commissioner published the views of young carers in its Full of care report.

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