Shining a spotlight on young carers in Essex

Essex Youth Service works with schools across the county providing them with relevant tools and training to identify and support young carers, share good practice and to celebrate great outcomes achieved for young carers.

The Young Carers in Schools (YCiS) Awards are accredited nationally by The Carers Trust and The Children’s Society.

Achievement of an Award demonstrates that a school has reached a standard that shows Young Carers are supported to achieve positive outcomes and educational achievements.

On Wednesday 23 February, Essex Youth Service invited schools who had achieved awards, since the beginning of 2020, to a ceremony in the Essex County Council Chamber.

The schools received their award and recognition for the great work and support they have provided to Young Carers. 125 Essex schools have achieved 137 awards at bronze, silver or gold level making the county the highest achiever of awards nationally.

Cllr Louise McKinlay, Deputy Leader of Essex County Council and Cabinet Member for Communities, Equality, Partnerships and Performance presented representatives of 35 schools with their award and a plaque for display, to show they are committed to understanding and meeting the needs of Young Carers.

Cllr McKinlay said "The support that all schools here today give young carers is pivotal and helps young carers and their families in many ways. Ultimately this support helps to reduce the impact of their caring responsibilities, gives families additional support, and allows young carers to shine!"

There are currently 110 schools across the county working towards the Young Carer in Schools Award.

For more about the Young Carers in Schools Award visit here.