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Training and resources for professionals

If you work in the education, community or health sectors, you can make a difference to the lives of young carers and their families. Carers NSW offers training to help you do this. If you are a young carer or family member, you can encourage your local schools, universities or community organisations to organise Young Carer Awareness Training.

Young Carer Awareness Training

It is estimated that there are 83,700 young carers in NSW1 . Knowing how to support them in an appropriate and sensitive way could make a big difference to them and their family. To assist with this, Carers NSW has developed Young Carer Awareness Training.

Training is based on Australian and international research as well as the extensive experience of Carers NSW. Training will be tailored to the needs of your organisation but workshops generally include:

  • Young carer overview – Who young carers are, what young carers do as part of their caring role and the impacts (both positive and negative) of being in a caring role at a young age.
  • Through the Cracks: Walking in the shoes of a young carer (only available in face-to-face sessions) – An experiential activity that aims to raise the awareness of young carers including their personal experiences and individual needs.
  • Looking beyond the behaviour – Information to assist in identifying young carers within a school setting.
  • How to support young carers – Information and referral details for the Carers NSW Young Carer Program which is a state-wide service that supports young carers and their families.
  • Young carer representative/young carer panel (optional) – This section may be included, depending on the time restraints and availability of young carers.

To arrange Young Carer Awareness Training, phone Carers NSW or email yc@carersnsw.org.au.

1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2019) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2018. TableBuilder Dataset. Canberra: Australian Government. Retrieved from www.abs.gov.au/tablebuilder

Other resources

The following resources are available for download below and via the Carers NSW Resources page.

  • Young Carer Identification Guide – An A5 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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  • Young Carer Policy Statement – An A4 document containing an overview of young carers through a statistical and research-focused lens.
  • Supporting Student Carers – A fact sheet written by the Carers NSW Policy and Research team for universities and other tertiary institutions who would like some information on supporting carers in their cohort.
  • Young Carer Research Project: Summary of findings – The summary report on findings from research conducted by Carers NSW with 28 young carers aged 16-25 from across NSW.
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For other young carer-related research conducted by Carers NSW, check out Our Policy and Our Research.