Carers

In NI, a strategy document, dating from 2006 is the most recent policy relating to carers: Caring for Carers: Recognising, Valuing and Supporting the Caring Role (2006).  This strategy, the product of an extensive consultation with carers and their representative organisations, recognises the valuable role that carers play in enabling thousands of people in NI to live independent lives safely in the community and that supporting carers in their caring is vital so that they can continue to care for as long as they wish and are able to do so. It covers a range of issues including health and personal social services, employment, training, education, information and support services

National Carers’ Strategy: Recognised, Supported, Empowered

Department of Health
2012

The National Carers’ Strategy sets the strategic direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government Departments and agencies for carers.

This includes carers of people with dementia, the majority of whom live at home in their own communities and for whom carers are the cornerstone of their care. The Strategy is a Cross-Departmental Strategy. It sets out guiding principles, goals and objectives addressing priority areas (income support, health, information, respite, housing, transport, training, employment, children and young people with caring responsibilities) and a Roadmap for Implementation containing 42 Actions to be achieved on a cost-neutral basis in the short to medium term.

The four goals of the National Carers’ Strategy are to:

  • Recognise the value and contribution of carers and promote their inclusion in decisions relating to the person that they are caring for

  • Support carers to manage their physical, mental and emotional health and well-being

  • Support carers to care with confidence through the provision of adequate information, training, services and supports

  • Empower carers to participate as fully as possible in economic and social life

The implementation of the National Carer’s Strategy is reported in progress reports. The First Annual Progress Report (September 2012 – September 2013) can be accessed here.

The Second Progress Report (September 2013-September 2014 can be accessed here.