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For teachers and educators

Information and free resources for teachers and educators who are supporting young carers in their classroom or school.

Young carers are children and young people aged 25 years or under, who help to support a family member or friend living with disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is ageing or frail. Young carers can support the person they care for in a range of different ways, including providing emotional support, cooking meals, helping with transport and much more.

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Some schools already have initiatives in place to support young carers, however young carers are often not recognised by the adults in their lives and may not share, or even realise they are a young carer.

If you would like to know more about young carers in NSW, or how to support a young carer to reach their full potential, this page is for you.

Learn more

For state-funded schools in NSW, the NSW Department of Education developed Being a carer, Being a student and Being a kid: A Resource for Schools, which provides information for principals, teachers and student wellbeing support staff about supporting students who are young carers. You can download this document from the NSW Department of Education website.

Free information sessions for your staff

Carers NSW offers free, evidence-based information sessions to help teachers and other staff to identify and support young carers.

Each session can be tailored to the needs of your school or educational institution, but workshops generally run for 45-60 minute. Sessions can be delivered in-person or online.

To arrange an information for your team or organisation, phone Carers NSW or email

Learn about young carers from young carers

YC Bytes podcast

This podcast aims to raise awareness of young carers across New South Wales. Each episode features different guest speakers, including young carers, to bring lived experience and insights to the conversation. Listen below, or search for ‘YC Bytes’ in your favourite podcast app.

Resources and fact sheets

Young Carer Policy Statement – An overview of young carers through a statistical and research-focused lens.

Young Carer Research Project: Summary of findings – Findings from research conducted by Carers NSW with 28 young carers aged 16-25 from across NSW.

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Young Carer Identification Guide – A booklet that provides information on who young carers are and what they do, the impacts of caring and some tips and tricks on how to identify a young carer in a classroom setting.

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Supporting Student Carers – A fact sheet for universities and other tertiary institutions who would like some information on supporting carers in their cohort.

If there is a resource that you would like to suggest we develop, please email

Get involved

Participate in the Young Carer Inclusion Network

Would you like to work with us to improve young carer recognition and inclusion in NSW?

The Young Carer Inclusion Network is a Carers NSW initiative that brings together service providers and professionals engaging with young people in NSW. The Network aims to improve the identification and support of young carers through identifying gaps, building sector capacity and capability, and streamlining access to support for young carers in mainstream service settings.

If you work with young people and you would like to participate in this network, click below.

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For more information about the Young Carer Inclusion Network and what participation looks like, download the fact sheet below.

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Connect with us


Get in touch with Carers NSW if you would like to know more about:

  • Support available to young carers in NSW.
  • Supporting a young carer to share their story or explore leadership opportunities.
  • Opportunities and information for educators supporting young carers.

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1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2019) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2018. TableBuilder Dataset. Canberra: Australian Government. Retrieved from