The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce its Spring, CPD accredited conference titled "Young Carers Matter: The Voices of young people". It will be held on 23rd April 2018 (09.00 - 15.00) at Canda Water Library, 20 Surrey Quays Road, SE16 7AR.


Youth unemployment in Southwark and generally continues to be a key issue for young people, councils and employers alike.  This is especially true for those young people from BAME communities and even more so for young people who are carers.  There continues to be unequal opportunity of access to the labour market and education for young carers and this conference sets out to identify ways to reduce this inequality.  Focusing on young carers from Southwark, one of the most marginalised groups in London, the conference will explore youth-led solutions to unemployment with the ultimate objective of brining barriers down and informing local policy and practice.

Bringing together young people, policy makers, practitioners, employers, researchers and academics, the conference will present cutting edge research and debate youth-led initiatives locally from in the borough and wider afield from across the EU.  The conference proceedings will contribute to reforms required to better support young people into work, training and further education.

The conference is organised within the framework of the DCLG supported project "Young Carers Matter" and will draw from the findings of this project and the previous Erasmus+ KA2 funded Care to Work project that explored the needs, challenges and opportunities of young BAME carers in their transition to responsible adulthood and their fair access to employment, education and training.  The conference will also inform the future Care to Entrepreneurship (C2E) project, funded under the Erasmus+ KA2 scheme which launches next month.


The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.  CPD certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the whole day. 

For young people the conference will qualify for Youth Mark accreditation.

There will be opportunities for young carers and employers to network.


To register for the event, please click here.

The conference includes CPD Certification and lunch.

It is an accredited event that involves substantial cost to the charity. It is heavily subsidised and thus we are asking only £10 of donation via the Big Give or by emailing

Larger donations are encouraged as all proceedings will be invested into our projects and ensure the continuation of our charitable work with marginalised young people.  You can also consider joining us a as a member as all our members can attend for free.



Agenda Item


Registration & Coffee – Networking Opportunity

09.30 – 09.45

Welcome from Conference Chair

               James Lowe (IARS Trustee and CFO International Sugar Organisation)

Setting the scene

               Dr Simon Aulton (IARS Deputy Director)

09.45 – 10.00

Key Note SpeakerLaura Bennet (Lead for Adult Policy, Public Affairs and Development, Carers Trust)

10.00 – 10.15

Young Carer:      Amy Beth Cook

10.15 – 10.45

Panel Discussion - Young Carers Matter Project:
Panelists –

 Rebecca Palmer (Chair)

 Emily Lanham

                Ben Phillips

                Dr. Simon Aulton

10.45 – 11.00


11.00 – 11.30

Coffee Break

11.30 – 13.00


WS1 – Employment Challenges for Young Carers  - Richard Davis Lyons (Working Chance)

WS2 – The Value of Sport to Employability – Aristote Diamos (West Ham FC)

            WS3 – Empowerment & Self-Management Skills - Jamal Miah

13.00 – 14.00


14.00 – 14.30

Employing Carers:  Olivia May (Programme Manager, Good People) A discussion about the challenges employers face when employing young carers

14.30 – 14.45

Key Note Speaker: Emma Dovener (Young Carers in Schools, The Children’s Society)

14.45 – 15.00

Conclusions and Closing by the conference chair



The programme is subject to change. The project is funded by the DCLG