Positive Transitions: supporting young adult carers in learning and work

  27/02/2018 09:45   Event ID :9204

This invitation-only event provided delegates with an opportunity to hear about latest developments in policy and practice which support young adult carers to make positive transitions in learning and work.

The event will brought together leading researchers, key stakeholders from Government, carers support services and the learning and skills sector, along with young adult carers, to reflect on the progress made over the last two years and identify priorities for the coming 12 months.

The morning was attended by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Patron of Learning and Work Institute.


Keynote speech: What the research tells us

Professor Saul Becker, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Sussex

Carers Allowance and the 21-hour rule
Mark Knight, Team Leader, Strategy, Policy and Analysis Group, Department for Work and Pensions

Insights from practice

Jon Scarth, Project Manager, Move on Up project, Quaker Social Action; Laura Archer, Wellbeing Manager, Nottingham College; Claire Briston, Young Adult Carer Worker, Newcastle Carers Service

Workshop sessions

Workshop 1: Positive career choices

Charlotte Robey, Senior Researcher; Kathryn James, Research Associate, Learning and Work Institute; Kemi Bandele-Forbes, Family and Carer Support and Information Worker, Camden Carers Centre; Amber Lynch and Tayo Adehin, Young Adult Carers

Workshop 2: Carer Passports
Laura Bennett, Acting Head of Policy; Cleo Kinder, Policy and Research Administrator, Carers Trust

Workshop 3: The Quality Standard for Carers Support for learning providers

Kathryn James, Research Associate, Learning and Work Institute; Rachel Walker, Service Manager; Naomi Sykes, Project Coordinator, Carers Federation; Lynn Hart, Vice Principal; Jamie Squillino, Activities Coordinator and Learning Mentor, Capel Manor College

Workshop 4: Money Matters for young adult carers

Toni-Marie Leaf, Senior Project Worker; Hannah Cann, Development Worker, The Children’s Society Include Service
Sam Manners, Ellen Oakley and Katherine Armitage, Young Adult Carers

“Call for Action” link to the online form


The event will include:

  • Updates on the latest policy developments affecting young adult carers.
  • Insights from carers services and learning providers into effective practice in supporting young adult carers.
  • Inputs from young adult carers on the support they have found most effective in education and work.
  • Workshops introducing  new and innovative approaches to supporting young adult carers.
  • Discussions to identify and influence the priorities in policy and practice for the next 12 months.