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There are over six million carers in the UK who all make a vital contribution. We have resources that provide information and advice for those supporting carers and for carers who are looking after someone.

What is a carer?

A 'carer' is a person who supports and cares for a relative or friend who is living with a disability, long-term illness or has additional daily support needs.

Supporting people who provide unpaid care

SCIE and NICE quick guide: Supporting people who provide unpaid care for adults with health or social care needs Image of Quick Guide cover. A quick guide for social care practitioners.
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Supporting people who provide unpaid care

Supporting people who provide unpaid care SCIE and NICE quick guide: Supporting people who provide unpaid care for adults with health or social care needs Image of Quick Guide cover. A quick guide for social care practitioners.

Guidance: young carers' and young adult carers' breaks

Guidance: young carers' and young adult carers' breaks For commissioners, providers and others involved in the planning, shaping and delivery of support for young carers and young adult carers in transition.

Carers' breaks guidance

Carers' breaks guidance For those involved in the planning, shaping and delivery of support for adult carers, focusing on breaks and respite. Includes practice examples, primarily from England.
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