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**Virtual** Supporting Young Carers: Who Cares for the Carers?

14.07.20 10:00 am
14.07.20 1:00 pm


Children in Wales

*: £50.00 – £85.00

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Virtual 3 hour session

Young Carers and young Adult Carers are a group of young people who are often overlooked and forgotten about by services.  With the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014 and its emphasis on Assessment for Support for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, they are now in a unique position to access support in their own right.  This course will explore the issues for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, how you can support them and what are their needs when it comes to working with and advocating on their behalf.  The trainer has spent many years working with young carers and young adult carers, championing their rights and ensuring their voices are heard in decisions that affect them.

This training course will consider:

  • The definition of a young carer
  • Children’s rights and Young Carers
  • Defining Young Adult Carers
  • Human Rights and Young Adult Carers
  • The types of Caring Roles
  • Exploring the range of caring roles in the context of disability, mental ill health, substance misuse, and learning disabilities
  • Caring for parents/care givers and/or siblings
  • Legislative framework for supporting young carers
  • Focus on Social Services and Well-being Act 2014
  • Explore Well-being Goals
  • What are issues for Young Carers?
  • How may you support Young Carers and Young Adult Carers?
  • The voice of young carers
  • Advocacy
  • Bullying
  • How to find out what matters to individual young people
  • Exploring your role in supporting Young Carers
  • Action planning

Who is the Training for
The training is aimed at those working with young people who may have a caring role, Staff who are taking on responsibility for supporting young carers, Working with Young Adult Carers, Responsible for managing staff working with young carers, Responsible for Commissioning Young Carer Services.

About the trainer

Mike Mainwaring has worked with Children and Young People for over 20 years. Specialising in substance misuse, youth homelessness, participation and children’s rights. He is a qualified trainer and has trained children, young people and adults on substance misuse, LGBT issues, children’s rights, participation, dealing with difficult behaviour, safeguarding and child protection, Child Sexual Exploitation and boundaries. He has also developed and run youth lead research projects. He has worked in various settings such as street drug projects, residential rehabilitation, outreach work, play, youth work, manged housing projects and run youth councils. He has an art background, working with young people in distress through the medium of art and exhibiting his own work about social issues.

Participants said the training would change their practice by:

“Being more aware of a young carers role and the impact on the individual”

“To frame questions in a way that encourages young carers to speak about their role and/ or balance this against having fun in young carer support sessions”

Feedback from people who attended previous training and what they found useful:

“Discussing the signs of a young carer and being able to approach the subject without labelling”

“The levels and appropriateness of young carers support. Looking at the act from a young carers perspective”

“Good practitioner. Very knowledgeable and made the training very enjoyable”

This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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