The Driving Change Programme

Carers Federation is working in partnership with the Learning and Work Institute to improve the support that young adult carers receive in further education.

National data shows that young adult carers are three times more likely to be NEET (not in education, employment or training) as other young people and five times more likely to drop out of college. By understanding young adult carers needs and putting effective support in place colleges can ensure that young adult carers can experience improved opportunities to benefit from learning and fulfil their potential.

Starting in late 2019, this three-year project, funded by the National Lottery Community Fund is supporting 60 further education colleges across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

These colleges will receive a tailored support package to improve their provision for young adult carers ensuring that they have systems in place and a culture of understanding that enables young adult carers to achieve better outcomes.

The colleges will be supported to undertake the Carers Federation Quality Standard in Carer Support Accreditation (QSCS), providing opportunities for colleges to review and improve their best practice, provide greater consistency for young adult carers across the college and develop a sustainable approach to carer support.

If you would like further information about the Driving Change Programme, please contact