Family Carers

Apr 21, 2024

We believe in the right for family carers to have their needs met.

The reality, for many carers, is that they do not have enough support from statutory services.

Carer’s UK annual ‘The State of Caring Survey’ is the UK’s most comprehensive regular research into the lives and experiences of unpaid carers.


In 2022, it reported

  • 40% of carers surveyed, many of them caring for more than 50 hours a week, said that they had given up work to provide unpaid care, and 22% had reduced their working hours because of their caring role
  • more than a quarter (27%) of unpaid carers have bad or very bad mental health, rising to 31% of those caring for more than 50 hours a week, or for over 10 years.
Review of the Implementation of the Northern Ireland Single Assessment Tool: Carer’s Support and Needs Assessment Tool 912kb
RQIA, 2012
Preparing For The Future: A training manual for staff working with family carers of adults with learning disabilities 3187kb
Ulster University, 2015
Complete A-Z for Carers 653kb
DoH, 2020
State of Caring 2022: A snapshot of unpaid caring in Northern Ireland 1493kb
Carers NI, 2022
Caring in a complex world Perspectives from unpaid carers and the organisations that support them 1022kb
The Kings Fund, 2023
A guide to help you on your journey through disability/additional needs 4759kb
All About Me 937kb
CYPSP/Barnardos, 2023

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