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Caring Together and Getting It Right For Young Carers

Caring Together and Getting It Right For Young Carers
The Scottish Government recognises the huge contribution made by unpaid carers and young carers. It created these 5-year strategies to improve carers' lives.

The aims of the strategies

The Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA) are:

"determined to ensure that carers are supported to manage their caring responsibilities with confidence and in good health, and to have a life of their own outside of caring".

This is from Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015 and Getting It Right for Young Carers: The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 - 2015. These strategies set out 10 key actions running from 2010 to 2015 to improve support for carers and young carers. The focus is on:

  • better identification of carers
  • assessment
  • information and advice
  • health and wellbeing
  • carer support
  • participation and partnership

This is the first ever national young carers' strategy in Europe. The Scottish Government is committed to making sure young carers aren't in inappropriate caring roles, and they're supported to be children and young people first and foremost.

How the strategy's supported and monitored

The Carers and Young Carers Implementation and Monitoring Group oversees this project, supported by the Carers Reference Group.

The project is convened by the Scottish Government's Carers Policy Branch. The group has a wide range of experience with representatives from health, social care, the third sector and other relevant organisations.

The strategy after 2015

The strategy is due for review in 2015.

Further information

Read the Scottish Goverment's:

The information was last updated on: 8th December 2015

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