Young Carers Conference: Barriers to Employment

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.


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Southwark Carers
3rd Floor, Walworth Methodist Church,
54 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EW
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Nearest tube: Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).

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Buses from Elephant and Castle: ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45