The word 'carer' means someone who looks after a person; a family member or friend because that person would not be able to be safe and well without that help.

Carers are really important to families and friends.  Providing care is an integral part of life and many people have told us through consultation they want to care but it is not always easy.

In this Strategy we are setting out an ambitious plan for every carer to have:

  • a life of their own
  • the choice to care and stop caring without recrimination
  • equality of opportunity to life chances including education, training, work and leisure activities

Our Carers' Strategy will enable families to stay well and tackle financial hardship and by 2020 every carer should have appropriate opportunities to:

  • access at the right time, the right type of information and advice for them, their family and the person they care for
  • understand their rights and have access to an assessment
  • have a voice for themselves and the person they care for
  • have regular and sufficient breaks
  • continue to learn and develop, train or work (if they wish to)
  • look after their own health

For more information please refer to our Young Carer, Parent and Adult Carer Strategy (2016-2020) in 'Supporting documents'.

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