5th Annual IARS International Conference: Youth-led solutions to unemployment: The voices of young, marginalised carers

The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce its 5th Annual International Conference titled “Youth-led solutions to unemployment: The voices of young, marginalised carers” that will be held on the 27th April 2017 (9:00 – 16:00) at the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple, Middle Temple Lane, London EC4Y 9AT, UK.


Persistent social inequalities and exclusion continue to perpetuate unequal access to labour markets and education for young people. Focusing on young carers, one of the most marginalised groups in Europe, this international event will explore youth-led solutions to unemployment with the ultimate objective of bringing barriers down and informing international policy and practice.

Bringing together policy makers, practitioners, young people, researchers, academics and employers from across Europe, the conference will present cutting edge research and debate youth-led initiatives in the UK and other European countries. The conference proceedings will contribute to reforms required to better support young people into work, training and further education home and abroad.

The conference is organised within the framework of Erasmus+ (KA2) and will draw from the research findings of the 2-year youth-led project Care2Work 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 project is delivered in 4 European countries by Anziani e Non Solo (Italy), Linnaeus University (Sweden), KMOP (Greece) and is coordinated by the IARS International Institute.

Bursaries for International Participants

The IARS International Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to €200 to assist in covering travel and accommodation costs for workshop presenters. Young people are particularly encouraged to apply for a bursary should they wish to attend the conference. Should you wish to apply for a bursary please download and complete this form and return it to contact@iars.org.uk   by 31 March.

Accreditation & Certification

The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (20 CPD learning points).

CPD Certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the entire day.

Presenters will also be eligible to submit papers for consideration for a Special Edition of the leading academic publication Youth Voice Journal. The submission guidelines for publication in the journal and details on the process of double blinded review can be found here

Registration & Fees

This is an accredited event that involves substantial costs to the charity. To secure your place, CPD Certification and lunch, we are requesting for a donation of £35 via the Big Give or by emailing contact@iars.org.uk 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 as a member

To register your attendance please click here.


Time Agenda Item
08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Coffee  – Networking Opportunity
09:00 – 09:15 Simon Israel (IARS Patron and Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent) – Welcome from the Event Chair

Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder and Director) – Setting the scene

09:15 – 09:30 Laura Bennet (Lead for Adult Policy, Public Affairs and Development, Carers Trust)
09:30 – 09:45 Simon Chambers (Programme Lead, Youth, Erasmus+, UK National Agency, British Council)
09:45 – 10:00 Arti Lad, BAME Young Carer
10:00 – 10:20 Q&A 
10:20 – 11:20 Panel Discussion Care2Work Partnership: Presenting the findings


  1. Andriana Ntziadima, Youth Projects Manager of the IARS International Institute
  2. Eleni SakellariouKMOP
  3. Licia Boccaletti, Director of Anziani e non Solo
  4. Eva Nordqvist and Prof. Pauline Johansson of Linnaeus University
11:20 – 11:45 Q&A
11:45 – 12:00 Coffee Break
12:00 – 13:15 Parallel Working Group Sessions

WK Group 1 

  1. Maria Böös and Charlotte Kellander, Support for students to handle their schooling, in an upper secondary school, Linnaeus University (Sweden)
  2. Professor Pauline Johansson and Eva Nordqvist, Systematic follow-up of support activities for children as next of kin, Linnaeus University and the Swedish Family Care Competence Centre (Sweden)
  3. Dr. Antonia Torrens, Director, KMOP, Helping young family carers in supporting a family member with mental illness. Good practice examples of the Day Care Center ‘Ariadne’ of KMOP (Greece)

WK Group 2

  1. Stefania Buoni, The impact of parental mental illness on young BAME carers’ life and careers and how to tackle it, My Blue Box (Italy)
  2. Daniel Linotte, Youth Unemployment in the Balkans, ‘Grey’ Economy’, ‘Social’ Economy and Policy (Netherlands)
  3. James Alexander, Lecturer in Criminology, London Metropolitan University, Criminal Barriers to Young People working (UK)
13:15 – 14:00  Lunch
14:00 – 15:15 Parallel Working Group Sessions

WK Group 3

  1. Dr. Daniel Briggs, European University of Madrid, Can welfare ever be well and fair again? (Spain)
  2. Gill MiddletonCarers Trust – Young Carers in Schools Programme (UK)
  3. Brenda Brown, Buckinghamshire New University, Employment after Trafficking Experiences – Young Carers’ Too! (UK)
  4. Dr. Faith Gordon, Lecturer in Criminology and Director of the Youth Justice Network, University of Westminster, The Marginalised and Hidden Voice of Young People in the Mainstream Media and Young People’s use of their own forms of Media (UK)

WK Group 4

  1. Tayna Coles, Sally Chandler & Jo Burns, Carers Trust & Hillingdon Carers, Young Carers in transition: pathways to education and employment (UK)
  2. Daniel Phelps, Researcher and Consultant, Young Carers & University of Winchester, Supporting young and young adult carers into and through higher education (UK)
  3. Professor Esther Friedman, Linnaeus University, Restorative solution in the re-entry service for young people (Sweden).
15:15 – 15:45 Reporters – Round Up
15:45 – 16:00 Next Steps and closing – Dr Theo Gavrielides and Simon Israel

* The programme is subject to change

The project is co-funded by the European Commission under the 2015-1-UK01-KA204-013550 grant agreement


As a co-funded Erasmus+ project Care2Work takes this opportunity to celebrate 30 years of Eramsus in 2017