Working with safeguarding partners to support carers
Guidance for local authority social care staff
- provide adequate, suitable, flexible support for carers
- ensure that all relevant agencies, including housing, are aware of procedures for signposting carers to support and services
- ensure that an offer of assessment is made on a regular basis (e.g. at the cared-for person’s annual review or following a change of circumstances)
- consider the use of professional mediation or family group conference services to reduce abuse within families.
There are a number of reasons why those caring for people with care and support needs may also abuse them. It may be that there has always been abuse in the relationship or the carer may be struggling with the stress of caring and unable to cope. Carers may have their own difficulties caused by mental illness, drug or alcohol problems that impact on their ability to cope as a carer and could be the underlying cause of abuse.