Who Cares? Project
Young Adult Carers in FE -
Staff awareness training session:
1. Training session information
Contents of pack Each participant should be given a training pack. The training pack should contain:
A copy of the slides.
The training notes.
Target group This session will be of use for all staff within a college including teachers/trainers/assessors, middle and senior
management, IAG staff, learning support staff, Management Information Services staff, and exams staff.
What will the session be like? A mixture of discussion, group activities and information sharing.
Rationale This session has been developed for staff within FE colleges in order to raise awareness and provide information
about young adult carers and their needs in relation to learning.
Raise staff awareness of the needs and experiences of young adult carers.
Training session aims Identify specific barriers/issues for young adult carers in FE.
Identify implications for the college and individual staff roles.
Provide practical resources to enable managers and practitioners to identify links with other disadvantaged
groups, review existing policies, provision and support for young adult carers.
Enable managers and practitioners to identify and implement ways of improving provision and support for
young adult carers.
Support managers and practitioners to identify and work effectively with local partners.
Prepare for a Whole Organisation Approach to working with young adult carers.
How is this training session assessed? There is no formal assessment of outcomes. However, participation in this session, followed by implementation
of new ideas, evaluation of and reflection on the impact of the change in practice could contribute to
participants’ personal continuing professional development (CPD) plans. This can form part of the requirement
to complete at least 30 hours of CPD each year (pro rata for part-time staff). Evidence of this professional
development, and reflection on its impact, will be required for the individuals’ professional development
Equipment required Laptop and multimedia projector.
Computer facilities with internet connection.
Flip chart, pens, sticky notes and highlighters.
Reference materials for trainers Who Cares FE Resource Pack
Easyread book and guidance – ‘We’re Carers and We Want to Learn’
2. Plan for a 2-hour training session and trainer notes
Approximate Activity/item Slide(s) Resource(s) Trainer notes
20 minutes Welcome 1 Welcome the group – ask participants to introduce themselves (e.g. name and
Introductions 2&3 department) if they don’t already know each other.
Housekeeping 4 Run through housekeeping and ensure any required documentation is signed /
Aims of the completed.
training session Give background to training and other resources available using slide 2 & 3.
Ice-breaker Cover aims for the training using slide 4.
Use ice-breaker activity e.g. get people to arrange themselves along an imaginary line
of awareness about young adult carers – one end being zero awareness graduating to
the other end being highly aware. When people are in place, ask for some volunteers
from different points on the line to say what their experience is and what they want
to achieve as a result of attending the session.
o Ask if anyone has experience to draw on during today’s session e.g. of caring
for a family member themselves either as a young person and/or as an adult?
o This will be repeated at the end of the session as a visual representation of
20 minutes Facts and 5 YAC Facts Quiz Provide definition of young adult carer using slide 5 – encourage initial
characteristics of 6 comments.
young adult 7 Handout quiz – can be done individually/small groups/large group (allow 5-10
minutes for completion).
Take feedback and provide answers – encourage wider discussion of
implications and reasons for people’s answers using slide 6.
o Write up points on flipchart as a whole group, or small groups can
use their own flipchart to record thoughts.
Reinforce points made using quotes from learners on slide 7.
Run through points on slides 8 and 9, being sure to emphasise that YACs are
not a homogenous group and will have/display positive as well as negative
characteristics whilst in learning:
o Ask for suggestions as to what positive traits might be displayed
e.g. maturity, empathy, compassion, good listener, well organised,
20 minutes A Day in the Life 10 A Day in the Introduce slide 10 and handout the 2 ‘snapshot days’ for participants to read –
of a young adult life of… Joseph and Chelsea.
carer handout Return to flipcharts made in previous section – is there anything further to
o What do individuals feel about the ‘snapshot days’ / how is the
information affecting them? E.g. are they sad, surprised, angry etc.
15 minutes Break
20 minutes The role of FE 11 Go through slide 11, emphasising the potential role of FE in working with YACs
(to be – do the participants agree? Why?
extended if 12 Raise the idea of a family focussed approach to learning using slide 12 – do
work on the
people feel this makes sense and/or is realistic?
Use slide 13 to stimulate discussion about links with other disadvantaged
tool is to be client groups (for example young parents and young people who have been in
included in care) – are there already things we do that could be adapted? How could they
the session) be recognised in the quality framework? Do we know / how can we find out
how many young adult carers are already in college?
14 WOA diagram Display slide 14 and handout Whole Organisation Approach (WOA) diagram –
handout explain that WOA should be a bottom up and top down process which takes
all aspects/functions of college into account.
o Ask people to identify where they fit on the diagram i.e. referral,
induction, MIS, tutor etc.
o What coverage have you got in the group? What other
areas/departments would current participants suggest need to get
15 Optional – Explain there is a free tool which can be used to assess the extent to which
electronic or the college has achieved an effective WOA for young adult carers (link on slide
paper self 15).
o OPTIONAL – tool could be provided in paper/electronic format for all
participants, with working groups set up in the session to take aspects
xxxxx of self assessment forward at an agreed date. Identify people to take
responsibility for the different sections.
Emphasise that self assessment should also involve consulting young adult
carers and key stakeholders about how they feel the college supports them.
Questionnaire o Questionnaire available for this purpose within downloadable tool.
20 minutes Getting it right – 16 Top tips cards Organise the participants into small groups and handout the packs of top tips
top tips and cards, which also include blanks for people to suggest their own.
resources Go through the instructions on slide 16.
Take feedback from groups and summarise.
17 RUBLE Use slide 17 to introduce some of the activities young adult carers can do
themselves (or with support).
5 minutes Wider support 18 Carer’s Go through slide 18 on other sources of support.
for carers Assessment OPTIONAL - Carer’s Assessment handout and letter to Social Services can be
handout given out.
15 minutes Actions and 19 Display slide 19 and ask each participant to write on a sticky note:
distance o One thing they will do as a result of the session.
travelled o One thing they think the college should do.
Ask all participants to stick notes on a flipchart, then arrange themselves
along the imaginary line of awareness about young adult carers now – one
end being zero awareness graduating to the other end being highly aware.
Summarise the actions from sticky notes yourself and/or ask all participants
(or a selection) what they are going to do.
Close Evaluation forms to be completed