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Schools and colleges urged to do more to 'identify and support' young carers

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Many secondary schools, colleges and pupil referral units are unaware of how many pupils are young carers at home, according to Estyn.

The education watchdog said that as a result, the support young carers receive varies widely across Wales.

Children and young people who care for a family member are at risk of missing education and more likely to drop out of college.

Children and young people who care for a family member have poorer mental and physical health than their peers.

Education providers play an important role in helping to meet the needs of young carers to give them the best possible experiences and life chances. Today's report recommends that schools, colleges and pupil referral units identify which learners have a caring role and have a dedicated member of staff to lead on championing young carers' needs.

– Jassa Scott, Strategic Director for Estyn

Ysgol Cwm Rhymni, in Caerphilly, is one of the schools which piloted a toolkit to help support young carers.

It helped the school to identify 47 pupils with caring responsibilities and as a result many of these pupils improved their attendance, felt more emotionally supported and perform better in class.

The toolkit is one of the resources available to help support young carers while in education.