Education and Employment

Balancing employment and/or education alongside your caring duties can be difficult, however there are many options out there for you! 

Can Carers in Bedfordshire help me?

If you’re aged 16+, you can get work and education guidance from our Young Adult Support Worker. 

For help with school, the BBC has a brilliant website for all ages (it has games as well, so it’s not boring!) · 

These websites are great for helping with CV writing or job interview tips! · · 

What do we do in schools?

We deliver assemblies to identify and raise awareness of young carers in schools.

We work with schools in advocating for young carers or their families, addressing the differences in a young carer’s life with regard to homework completion, deadlines, attendance and punctuality.

We speak to pastoral teams or Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) to work with schools, to support or challenge an identified need of a young carer.

We are part of the Schools Network Project, where we jointly work with schools to deliver young carer awareness days and activities.

We have also created a Young Carer Schools Award with our young carers. Together we have devised ten standards for schools to meet to gain the award, which support young carers and enhance their education and participation in school life. 

Missing School

You may feel you have to miss school to care for someone. Try to get help as quickly as possible so the situation does not go on for a long time.

Speak to us about this and we can help you to organise more support at home to help you concentrate on school or college.

Friends and Your Social Life

As a young carer, you may spend less time than you’d like, with your friends and classmates. You may feel isolated because:

  • you do not have as much free time as them
  • you’re often thinking about the person you look after
  • you may be worried they will bully you
  • you do not get included in certain activities.

It’s important to get the help you need so that you have time to do the things you want to do and be with your friends.

If possible, put aside some time each day to do something you enjoy. You can join one of our clubs or activities where you can meet like-minded young carers who understand the pressures you are going through.

Useful Information

The Carers Trust have created a Young Carer Skills Journal which can help you recognise your amazing role as a young carer, and manage your time for home, school and social life. You can download the journal and fill it out with all the information about you!

School Transition Support

Starting at a new school can be exciting and daunting at the same time. That is why it is important to have a plan in place before you start. Speak to your current pastoral support at your school and ask them to contact the new school to ensure they are aware you are a young carer and they can support you in the same way.  

Below is a worksheet you can fill in for your new school all about you. Just click on the image and it’ll take you to a downloadable document. There are also some questions for your parents to ask the school when it comes to your role being a young carer. 

Schools Award

The schools award is a great opportunity for a school to show their achievement in providing inclusive support for young carers in school

The Schools Award demonstrates that your school identifies and supports young carers against these standards. 

  • It recognises your school’s good practice
  • It demonstrates your school is meeting the needs of this vulnerable group, as specially mentioned in Ofsted’s Inspection Framework
  • Your school will be recognised by pupils, families and professionals as a young carer-friendly school. 
  • Your school will have developed a culture of acceptance, understanding and support for young carers in their schools.