Please can you take part in the Consultation for Young Carers and Parents/Carers for children with additional needs
Are you a carer, or do you work with carers as part of your role?
Sandwell Council has commissioned Sandwell Carers Alliance to consult with local carers to understand their local needs and outcomes. This is especially important as the Care Act 2014 has recently come into effect, and this means that for the first time, carers will have the same legal rights as those they care for.
A carer is: “Someone who helps another person, usually a relative or friend, in their day-to-day life. This is not the same as someone who provides care professionally, or through a voluntary organisation.” ( Care Act). This includes people who may not currently identify themselves as carers but meet the above definition, and new carers, recently bereaved carers, and those who are not currently using carer organisations services.
This consultation will engage carers of all ages, who live in Sandwell or who care for people living in Sandwell.
Please promote the consultation, and get involved yourself if you are a carer. There are two surveys, one for carers of adults, young carers and for parent carers of children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. Focus groups are also being held for carers of people with different conditions or support needs, such as dementia, learning disabilities, and mental health conditions.
The link to the Adults survey is here:
The link to Young Carers and Parent Carers survey is here:
And the forms for both surveys are also attached for you to download and complete here.
The results of the consultation will feed into the development of a Joint Carers Strategy 2015-2018, and inform the commissioning and development of health and wellbeing services for carers in future.