Supporting Young Carers in Schools in Northern Ireland

The Health and Social Care Board and Education Authority are delighted to jointly launch the ‘Supporting Young Carers in Schools’ Booklet, an important resource for primary and secondary schools. 

To better support young carers in school and to raise awareness of their needs especially among educators and teachers, the Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership (CYPSP) Young Carers Group comprising the Health and Social Care Board in partnership with the Education Authority, Action for Children NI, Barnardo’s NI, Gingerbread NI and Carers Trust NI have produced a resource pack for primary and secondary school staff.

At least 10% of 16 year olds could be helping to care for a family member, providing up to 30 hours of care a week and 29% of these young carers have never told anyone outside their family about their caring responsibilities. These young people usually feel stressed, tired and isolated. 



Speaking at the event, Education Authority Chief Executive, Gavin Boyd said; “The Education Authority is proud to be a partner in this initiative to help schools understand the needs of young carers and to enhance the support provided to children and young people who have caring responsibilities. The young carers who were involved in the development of this resource are undoubtedly helping to make things a little easier for others who find themselves in similar circumstances to theirs”.


Click here to read more about the event by downloading the press release


The Supporting Young Carers in Schools Booklet can be downloaded by clicking here


Find out more about our Young Carers

Barnardo’s NI Young Carers have produced a short video on their experiences and role as a young carer supporting a family member. Click here to watch the video 

Action for Children’s Young Carers have put together a short photo stream collaboration of their time at the Regional Young Carers Service. Click here to watch this video


Contact Us:

For further information please contact CYPSP at 02895 363 261 or by email at 


Invitation: Launch of the ‘Supporting Young Carers in Schools’ Event

CYPSP would like to invite you to the launch of the Supporting Young Carers in Schools Booklet. The event will be held on:

27 September from 6pm-8pm

Linen Suite, Mossley Mill

Click here for further information

How to register

To register for this event please email Stephanie Thompson, CYPSP at or telephone 02895 363 188 by Friday 8 September


Young Carers Sub Group respond to Educational Issues through new Pilot Programme

Young Carers Sub Group respond to Educational Issues through new Pilot Programme

March 2014

The CYPSP Young Carers Sub Group has responded to the educational issues identified among young carers and developed a pilot programme that aims to increase awareness of young carers’ issues among educational staff.

On Friday 21st March, representatives from the Southern Education Library Board area gathered to learn how they could identify and support young carers throughout education so they can meet their full potential.

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