A group of Young Carers from all areas of Powys met up with representatives of the Powys Youth Forum over Half Term to train as Young Assessors. The training residential was co-produced by the Credu Young Carers Team and the Children’s Participation Officer for Powys County Council.
Credu (Young Carers) are starting a Schools project in Powys using a programme designed by Carers Trust (their Network Partner) and the Children’s Society which aims to increase awareness, identification and support for Young Carers in our Powys schools. The programme will celebrate the good work already being done in some schools by recognising it in the form of an award, and will support other schools to become more Young Carer focussed.
The programme in Wales does not have an assessing body and Credu felt the best people to assess whether schools were reaching the targets set were Young Carers themselves, and other Young People from across Powys.
The group also looked at the Assessment process for the Childrens’ Participation Standards award which encourages participation in decision making and ways forward by children and young people in schools, youth clubs and other organisations offering a service to them.
The residential was held at Elan Valley Lodge near Rhayader and the group also recorded and filmed some of the voices of the young carers which will feed into an awareness raising video for teachers and other school staff about the issues facing this marginalised group and how to support them.
‘It is a really good opportunity for me to be involved in something effective, that can help to implement change for children and young people across Powys who don’t have the ability to speak out’ said Sophie Laing, a Young Adult Carer from North Powys who attended the training.