Kent Adult Carers' Strategy
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This strategy sets out the vision we plan to take forward, for
carers working in partnership across Kent.
We will build on the progress established via the carers grant
funding and use the framework set out in the National Carers
In Kent we have committed to deliver the national strategy in
five not the suggested ten years. We will need to forge new
partnerships with employers, education establishments and the
Who is a carer?
A carer is someone who in an unpaid capacity provides care or
support to another person.
Many people do not class themselves as carers: they are mums and
dads, husbands, wives, partners, brothers, sisters, friends and
Carers come from all walks of life, ages, ethnicities and
backgrounds; they are not a separate group of other people.
Throughout our lives many of us will either be a carer or be
cared for and the chances of becoming a carer are increasing all
Every year 2 million people move in and out of caring
situations, carers are not a static group and every day
approximately 6,000 people take on new caring roles and it is
likely that in the future more and more of us will have some caring
This presents a real challenge in providing information, advice
and guidance to support those new to caring and inform them of
their rights and the services and support that is available to
Carers help the people to:
- care for to deal with and manage problems caused by
- providing intimate physical care such as helping someone get
up, washed and dressed
- undertake nursing tasks
- provide a great deal of emotional support
- may be called upon to supervise someone to keep them safe
- often take responsibility in supporting the person theycare for
to access statutory services, liaising on their behalf with
organisations such as social services, health, education, housing,
benefits and so on.
Carers Advisory Group
Carers Advisory Group has been established to oversee the
strategic development of the support offered to carers in Kent.
The role of the group is to focus on partnerships and joint
working to develop a locally agreed response to current and future
The group’s broad aims are:
- To represent the voice of carers and maintain awareness of
carers needs and issues
- To seek the appropriate involvement and contribution of carers
support organisations in the decision making processes and input
into strategy and policy development
- To contribute to identifying priorities and inform the
commissioning of new services
- To be kept informed of progress
To support and inform the Carers Advisory Group a Carers
Reference Group has been established to ensure the needs and wishes
of carers are represented and discussed.
If you are a carer and would like to join the carers reference
group please call Kent Adult Social Services on 01622 696258 or
alternatively send an email email@example.com
The National Carers Strategy
The National Strategy principles have been very well received in
Kent and an agreement has been reached by the organisations within
Kent responsible for supporting carers to aim to deliver the
recommendations of the strategy within five years, not the
5 key sections of the National and Kent Carers Strategy:
Information, advice and carers
have access to relevant and timely information enable them to make
informed decisions and choices about the support they offer to the
person/or people they care for.
Access to integrated and personalised
Carers will be respected as expert care partners and will have
access to the integrated and personalised services they need to
support them in their caring role.
Having a life of their own
The National Vision is that Carers will be able to have a life of
their own alongside their caring role.
Carers are not forced into financial
Carers will be supported so that they are not forced into financial
hardship by their caring role. There is great support for targeting
financial benefits to those carers in the greatest need, in
particular those who provide the most hours of care and those with
the greatest financial hardship. Carers also want the opportunity
to be able to combine paid employment with their caring role,
Staying mentally and physically well
Carers will be supported to stay mentally and physically well and
treated with dignity
Delivering the Carers Strategy
In delivering this Adult Carers Strategy all partners have
committed to ensure that carers have a voice
The Kent Adult Carers Strategy will have two separate delivery
or commissioning plans, one plan for east Kent and one plan for
These plans will show in greater detail how the strategy will be
Once developed, plans will need to be regularly reviewed to
ensure the strategy is meeting the needs of Kent’s Carers.