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Publication date: 17 June 2022

Deborah Smart

The most recent research on the prevalence of young caring in secondary school–age children (Joseph et al., 2019) suggests that one in five 11–16 year olds have a caring…

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The most recent research on the prevalence of young caring in secondary school–age children (Joseph et al., 2019) suggests that one in five 11–16 year olds have a caring role. There are inherent challenges with identifying children and young people (CYP) who have caring responsibilities; they find themselves in the role because of love for a family member, as well as the lack of provision to meet the needs of the person they are caring for (Keith & Morris, 1995), not because they have consciously chosen to become a carer, and so do not identify with the concept (Smyth, Blaxland, & Cass, 2011). School can be both precarious and a place of sanctuary for young carers (Becker & Becker, 2008). Experiences of education, as with many aspects of caring, exist on a continuum with no young carers’ educational experience being the same (Dearden & Becker, 2003). Schools have a pivotal role in identifying, understanding and supporting young carers to prevent their education from being adversely affected.

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Understanding Safeguarding for Children and Their Educational Experiences
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80262-709-1

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Publication date: 1 June 1999

Penny Banks

THE FIRST NATIONAL STRATEGY for carers promises a new direction and new emphasis in policy, with measures which will enhance the quality of life for all carers. The…

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THE FIRST NATIONAL STRATEGY for carers promises a new direction and new emphasis in policy, with measures which will enhance the quality of life for all carers. The strategy does attempt to address the current gap between policy and carers' experience, but many questions remain about its coherence with other policies and implementation locally. Criteria are suggested for evaluating the success of the strategy and its impact on carers.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 7 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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Publication date: 16 September 2011

Marjorie Lloyd, Liz Lefroy, Stephen Yorke and Richard Mottershead

It is generally agreed that carers in mental health care play a vital role in helping people to maintain their place in the community and reducing the time clients spend…

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Purpose

It is generally agreed that carers in mental health care play a vital role in helping people to maintain their place in the community and reducing the time clients spend in hospital or residential settings. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual approach to involving carers in higher education by acknowledging their contribution to improving practice and identify the impact upon student learning in mental health and social care professions.

Design/methodology/approach

A brief review of the policy and literature on involving carers in mental health services and education explored the historical and current influences upon practice. This was then applied to the experience of the authors when teaching nursing and social work students in a higher educational setting and evaluated as developing outcomes in carer involvement practice.

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Relationships between carers and students in health and social care may be created in higher education settings that can develop supportive, informative and recovery‐focused care in practice. Creating such relationships in the higher educational setting helps students to prepare for developing relationships with carers in practice.

Originality/value

Involving carers in education may improve outcomes in recovery for the client and carer experience and the development of professional and self awareness skills in students. Developing involvement practices in higher education begins the process early in the experience of health and social care students, providing a safe environment in which to master such skills.

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The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice, vol. 6 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1755-6228

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Publication date: 14 April 2010

Gráinne Fadden, Rebecca Heelis and Michelle Palmer

With more than 160,000 carers in Ireland, there is a considerable need to provide support and coping strategies to reduce the burden of care on both the individual and the…

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With more than 160,000 carers in Ireland, there is a considerable need to provide support and coping strategies to reduce the burden of care on both the individual and the economy. Government policies are increasingly involving carers within health services, as they provide real‐life insights into the needs of service users and carers. Further, healthcare professionals and carers can benefit from training delivered by the carers themselves.The current report was a highly successful initiative where carers and professionals from both sides of the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland worked together effectively to deliver an 11‐week programme of support to carers of those with mental health problems. This innovative initiative aimed to achieve health gain and social well‐being in the border areas, as well as to build constructive partnerships. The participants were relatively inexperienced in delivering training prior to the training course, but acquired the skills and knowledge needed with the help of a detailed training manual and three follow‐up supervision days.The training trainers' course and subsequent caring for carers programme elivered by carers from both sides of the border were successful initiatives in bringing together people from both sides of the political divide in Northern Ireland, and in linking them with people from the Republic of Ireland.

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Journal of Aggression, Conflict and Peace Research, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1759-6599

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Publication date: 17 June 2011

Joy Watkins, Lorely Stanton, Barry Saunders, Gillian Lasocki, Pat Chung and Penny Hibberd

This paper aims to discuss professionals working in partnership with family carers and the importance of learning from their experiences in designing and delivering…

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Purpose

This paper aims to discuss professionals working in partnership with family carers and the importance of learning from their experiences in designing and delivering support to themselves and people with dementia.

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Working in partnership with carers is a key goal of policy and practice. This paper demonstrates how this can work in practice.

Findings

Key issues are synthesized, drawing on the stories of three carers who shared their stories as part of the original conference workshop on which the paper is based.

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Lessons for professionals about the nature of the dementia caring journey and dimensions of good practice are highlighted.

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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, vol. 12 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-7794

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Publication date: 1 September 2008

Imelda Redmond

Awareness about the role of carers in society and their contribution to the UK economy has been catapulted to the top of the political agenda in recent months following…

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Awareness about the role of carers in society and their contribution to the UK economy has been catapulted to the top of the political agenda in recent months following the launch of the first ever Carers' Strategy. Writing at the time of the document's publication, Imelda Redmond looks in more detail at the make up of this six‐millionstrong group and explains what her organisation is doing to further promote its rights.

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Working with Older People, vol. 12 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-3666

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Publication date: 1 June 2004

Diane Seddon and Catherine Robinson

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Working with Older People, vol. 8 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-3666

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Publication date: 1 January 2000

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Working with Older People, vol. 4 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1366-3666

Article
Publication date: 1 December 2003

Louise Brereton and Heather Dawes

This paper provides an account of how family carers were involved in a longitudinal research study that aimed to investigate the needs of ‘new’ family carers of stroke…

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This paper provides an account of how family carers were involved in a longitudinal research study that aimed to investigate the needs of ‘new’ family carers of stroke survivors. An account of how the researcher involved carers is provided, followed by one carer's description of the benefits and negative consequences of being involved in the study. Suggestions are made about how to develop good practice with regard to involving people in research. The conclusions highlight that, although rewarding, being involved in research is not without its challenges. However, research participants have much to contribute to the entire research process and its products. It is important therefore to learn lessons about how best to maximise the expertise that carers and others have to offer.

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Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, vol. 4 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-7794

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Publication date: 1 December 1998

Penny Banks

The development of a national strategy for carers underlines the importance of making the connections between all the different policies which impinge on carers. This…

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The development of a national strategy for carers underlines the importance of making the connections between all the different policies which impinge on carers. This needs to be mirrored at a local level, where there are some moves to embed support to carers within mainstream health and social services. However, achieving positive change for carers' needs not only more coherence about carers' relationship with the whole system of care, but also better ways of monitoring services.

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Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 6 no. 6
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1476-9018

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