Social work with carers
There are approximately 4.7 million unpaid carers in England who provide continuing help and support to a relative, partner, or friend. Access resources to support social work practice with carers.
On Census Day 2021 (21 March 2021) there were approximately 4.7 million unpaid carers in England, who provide continuing help and support to a relative, partner or friend. There were approximately 120,000 young carers aged between 5 and 17 years.
The Care Act 2014 gives carers a legal right to an assessment of their needs (regardless of how much care they provide) and suitable support to help them in their role as a carer. Social workers play a central role in ensuring that carers receive advice, information and help.
These resources support social work with carers that is inclusive, trusted, expert and makes a difference to their lives.
This work was commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care and developed by Research in Practice, in partnership with carers. Watch the video on the right about what carers tell us what they want from social work.
For links to additional reading and resources, visit the reading and resources area.
CQC - Effective | Caring | Responsive
PCF - Values and ethics | Diversity and equality | Rights, justice and economic wellbeing | Knowledge | Intervention and skills
RCOT - Service users | Collaborative | Communication