The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) has written to all parent carer forums to let them know about the Call for Evidence for the development of a new national Carers Strategy.
During the passage of the Children and Families Act through Parliament, the NNPCF was instrumental in having the legislation for Parent Carers strengthened. Parent Carers span the Children and Families Act (when our children and young people are 18 and under) and the Care Act (when our young people are over 18). We have spoken about this to Department of Health (DH) who is leading on the new Carers Strategy.
It is really important, given the legal framework, to have a joined up response from DH and Department for Education in the new Carers Strategy for Parent Carers.
In order to help understand the different Acts, click hereto read a very good guide to the Children and Families Act and the Care Act:
In helping the NNPCF consider its response, they are asking for as many individual parents and carers to complete the online survey – the Call for Evidence webpage can be accessed here. There has already been a fantastic response to the online survey so far – over 3000 responses, of which over 85% are from carers themselves. We want to make sure that Parent Carers are well represented. The closing date of the Carers Call for Evidence is the 31st July.