Research about and with young carers shows that they do better when they feel supported.
Being supported means being seen, heard, and understood. Being supported means being found in the first place.
Here in Edinburgh, Space, Capital Carers, and Edinburgh Young Carers have been working together on an exciting schools project. You are invited to the first-ever conference dedicated to discussing young carers experiences in education.
We have encompassed young carers’ thoughts, feelings, and voices into our policies and good practice guidelines and work together, with our schools to create an environment where staff are young carer aware.
This conference brings opportunities to; network, hear from experts about the most up-to-date research on young carers, and have time to ask questions. We have a number of inspiring keynote speakers, and this will be a great opportunity for delegates to network and be part of making a change for young people! We also look forward to championing the great work that young carers charities offer in Edinburgh and creating new links and partnerships.
Noon- Welcome and lunch
1 pm-Young Carer Voices– The change we want to see!
Keynote speaker opening (to be confirmed!)
The Schools Awareness Raising Project- Working Together and Looking Forwards
Paul Traynor, Carers Trust Scotland– Young Carers in Scotland: Policy in Progress
Sara Gowen, Sheffield Young Carers –Discussing her 2022 paper from Children and Society Journal
Tracey Stewart and Gary Shaw, Edinburgh Young Carers- Discussing our 2021 research into the experiences of sibling young carers
Jennifer Marr, Principal Teacher Wellbeing Niddrie Mill Primary School.-Embedding Good Practice in a Practical Way
2.00 pm- Panel discussion with keynote speakers- questions from young carers and delegates
2:30pm- Refreshments and networking
3:00 pm- ‘Round tables’ small group discussions on key issues around young carers
4:30 pm- We Care Award celebration and ceremony
4:45pm – Reflections on the day and close of the conference with Bruce Adamson, Children and Young People’s Commissioner, Scotland