Family Carers


We want family carers to be well supported.

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Family carers must be supported in their caring role.

Family carers are not paid and save the Government lots of money by caring for their loved one.

It is estimated that 2 out of every 3 adults with a learning disability live in the family home.

Families frequently describe how difficult their life is, feeling that they have to fight a system to get any help for their loved one and information on available services and supports is hard to find.

The Carers and Direct Payments Act (Northern Ireland) 2002 entitles family carers to an assessment.

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ARC NI advocates for and work towards

Better information about help and how to get it.

Clear assessment of needs for service users and carers.

More family and carer involvement in planning and decision making due to their knowledge and expertise.

Better transitions and future planning.