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Carer Confident

Facts about carers

  • There are over 8 million carers in the UK.
  • 1 in 6 carers give up work or reduce working hours to care.
  • We all have a fifty-fifty chance of becoming a carer by the time we are 50.
  • 1 in 7 people in the workforce are juggling work and unpaid care.

Yet many unpaid carers remain hidden and without any support.

Building a supportive workplace for all staff – including the growing numbers who are, or will become carers - is both good employment practice and good business sense.

The Carer Confident bench marking scheme assists employers to build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are, or will become, carers and to make the most of the talents that carers can bring to the workplace.

It is important that employers, line managers and colleagues understand the range of support carers offer to their loved ones. This can include:

  • Providing emotional support.
  • Household tasks, such as cooking and cleaning.
  • Going to hospital or doctors appointments.
  • Personal care.
  • Managing specialist medical care.

Without adequate support and information, these additional caring responsibilities can have a negative impact on the carer who may experience:

  • Mental ill health.
  • Stress, anxiety, depression and exhaustion.
  • Forced to reduce their working hours or give up work completely.

With all this in mind Warwick has now introduced a Carers Policy, including 5 days paid leave for employees with caring responsibilities, and a Carers Passport.

For the purpose of the policy, a carer is defined as:

'a person providing unpaid care to family members, friends, neighbours, or others because of long-term physical or mental health, disability or age-related problems.’

Employers for Carers

Warwick is a member of Carers UK Business Forum, therefore providing all staff with access to the Employers for Carers platform which hosts resources for employers, line managers, and essential guides for working carers.

You may also be interested in:

ED&I Newsletter

Carers Staff Network

Initiatives - including our booklet The Most Important Things People Want You To Know About Disability & Caring

Policies and Guidelines - including Carer Guidelines

Events

External links

Care Companion - developing at WMS, freely available to all residents in Coventry and Warwickshire, provides personalised information and support for carers

Carers UK

Carers Trust

Carers Trust Heart of England

Gov.UK - Carers