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Carers Strategy 2019-2022 For Young and Adult Carers: A Life Alongside Caring

The Carers Strategy 2019-2022 demonstrates our continued commitments to unpaid carers of all ages and gives direction for developing support and services for carers over the next 3 years. This is the first Carers Strategy presented by the Health and Social Care Partnership in conjunction with Education & Children’s Services.

Our vision is to deliver better outcomes for carers living or caring in Perth and Kinross, using resources effectively to support them on a consistent basis to allow them to continue caring, if they wish, while reducing the impact on their health and wellbeing, life balance, and social and financial inclusion, where these are affected by their caring roles. One particular key focus is to improve the provision of personalised short breaks through the use of different funds and resources, encouraging carers to individualise and define what ‘time out’ from their caring roles means to them. Our vision for young carers is that they are supported to be children first and foremost, having similar opportunities as their peers.

This strategy is shaped by carers, their families, service users, and staff from the Health and Social Care Partnership (Perth & Kinross Council, NHS Tayside, and Third and Independent Sector organisations). Views of young and adult carers and their representatives have been sought via consultation into their needs, challenges, hopes and concerns to ensure that this strategy is relevant and useful. We also listened to what carers told us about gaps in service provision, ideas for improvements and what works well for them.

This strategy reflects and supports the five commitments of the Strategic Commissioning Plan for the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP):

1 Working together with communities

2 Prevention and early intervention

3 Person-centred health, care and support

4 Reducing inequalities etc

        5 Making best use of resources

The strategy embraces the National Health and Wellbeing Outcomes, in particular Health and Wellbeing Outcome 6: People who provide unpaid care are supported to look after their own health and wellbeing, including reducing any negative impact of their caring role on their own health and wellbeing.

In addition, the strategy embeds the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) core principles:

Carers are identified.

• Carers are supported and empowered to manage their caring role.

• Carers are enabled to have a life outside of caring.

• Carers are free from disadvantage and discrimination related to their caring role.

• Carers are fully engaged in the planning of services.

        • Carers are recognised and valued as equal partners in care.

The strategy also reflects the Perth and Kinross vision that children and young people will have the best start in life and will be supported to achieve their potential. This is in line with our commitment to Getting it Right for Every Child (GIRFEC) and the ethos of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which places emphasis on young carers being children first, carers second, ensuring that they are supported to achieve the best possible outcomes in life.

The Carers Strategy 2019-2022 was officially ‘launched’ at the Carers Connect event on the 29th of November 2020.


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