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Strain on unpaid carers putting adult social care at increased risk of collapse

The strain on millions of unpaid carers is harming their health, jeopardising the care of loved ones they care for, and putting the adult social care system at an increased risk of collapse, council and care leaders are warning.

Contains link to case studies.

Wed, 10/03/2018 - 09:48

State of Caring 2018

A total of 7,397 carers and former carers responded to Carers UK’s annual State of Caring survey between March and May 2018. 

Only responses from the 6,828 people currently providing care who completed the survey are included in this report as it is designed to provide a snapshot of caring in 2018. However, Carers UK will be using the responses of former carers in other pieces of work throughout the year. 

Compared to the carer population as a whole, respondents to this survey were more likely to be female and caring for a high number of hours every week. 

Thu, 08/16/2018 - 12:29

Building Carer Friendly Communities: Research report for Carers Week 2016

The Carers Week 2016 research report presents key findings on Carer Friendly Communities across five themes: community, health, employment, education and older carers. 

The research for this report was carried out as part of Carers UK annual State of Caring Survey. A total of 6,149 carers and former carers responded to Carers UK’s annual State of Caring Survey between March and April 2016.

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 13:12

NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19: What's new?

FACS development of the NSW Carers Strategy (the Strategy), with assistance from the Ministry for Health and Carers NSW.

Information about the implementation of the Strategy will be published on this page regularly, so please come back to find out what FACS and our partners have been doing for carers. Links to our latest news

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:23

NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019

The NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019 outlines the NSW Government’s vision and commitment to improving the lives of carers over the five-year period.

The NSW Carers Strategy is a five year plan to improve the position of carers in NSW. The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) led development of the NSW Carers Strategy with assistance from carers, the Ministry for Health and Carers NSW.

Carers NSW supports the vision, the five focus areas and the actions and commitments in the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-2019. 

The Strategy's vision is that: 

Fri, 07/20/2018 - 10:09

Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work

Care work and care jobs for the future of decent work is an important contribution to the ILO’s women at work centenary initiative and to the process that the ILO is undertaking to guide its work for social justice as it advances into its second centenary. The women at work centenary initiative began by examining why progress in closing the gender gaps in the world of work had been so slow and what needed to be done for real transformation. The data, research, analysis and surveys all led back to care work. 

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 20:15

Improving employment opportunities for carers: identifying and sharing good practice

This study collected, assessed and synthesised evidence of what works in supporting carer employment. Working in partnership with CIRCLE at Leeds University, the study included expert interviews, case study work, a survey of recent participants and secondary analysis of local labour market conditions for carers.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Re-visioning social work education: an independent review

Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support at the Department of Health invited the Chair of Skills for Care to undertake this Independent Review, in the context of the changes to social work practice brought about by the Social Work Task Force and Social Work Reform Board, and their own recommendations for social work education.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

Valuing carers: calculating the value of unpaid care

This report updates the estimate of the value of unpaid care published by Carers UK in 2002 in ‘Without Us…? Calculating the value of carers’ support’. Based on data available for the first time at local as well as at national level, and on comprehensive information about the time carers devote to supporting those who need their help, the report reveals just how crucial carers are to the health and social care system and to the UK’s economy. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:24

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