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Carer Confident

Warwick is signed up to Carer Confident.

The Carer Confident benchmarking 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.

We all have a fifty-fifty chance of becoming a carer by the time we are 50. In fact, there are over 8 million carers in the UK. 1 in 6 carers give up work or reduce working hours to care, and 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.

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, and risk being forced to reduce their working hours or give up work completely.

 


Carers Policy

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.

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