Good social work practice with carers and their families

11 June 2018

Carers WeekTo coincide with Carers Week, the theme of the latest Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA) Research and Policy Update (RPU) is working effectively with carers.

The RPU brings together research articles and summaries relating to key themes and sector priorities. The research articles and summaries this month include:

  • A new scoping study bringing together current knowledge about carers.
  • The evaluation of a Carers in Employment project.
  • Intergenerational support between parents and children, and its relationship to caring.
  • The knowledge base about older former carers.

RiPfA has also developed a number of resources to help support professionals who are working with carers. This includes a Department of Health and Social Care commissioned website featuring open access case studies, films, guidance and tools to enhance understanding of the issues faced by carers.

There is also a joint RiPfA and Research in Practice tool - Young carers and their families: Confident assessment practice. This identifies common concerns and challenges for young carers and their families, what practitioners need to be aware of, as well as recommending strategies to help build positive relationships.

There are 6.5 million carers in the UK looking after someone who is older, disabled or unwell, and there is an increasing focus on how to provide support for this unpaid workforce. With the Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 (section 96) placing expectations on children’s and adult social care to identify carers and assess their needs, these resources are a significant contribution to help practitioners meet these requirements.

Find out more about Carers Week

Related Research in Practice for Adults resources

Access the Research and Policy Update. Please note you need to be a Partner of RiPfA and be logged in to your web account to access full RPUs.

Access the Social work practice with carers website (open access).

Read the Young carers and their families: Confident assessment practice - Practice Tool

Read the What rights do carers have to an assessment of their needs? Brief Guide

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