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Carers strategy

Scotland's Carers' strategy was launched in July 2010

The main strategy is called Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015. It was produced jointly by the Scottish Government and the Convention of Local Authorities in Scotland, in partnership with carer organisations (including Carers Scotland) and a range of third and statutory sector organisations.

What is the strategy?

There are more than 60 action points in this strategy, covering a range of issues including identifying carers, health and wellbeing, carers rights, assessments, employment and telecare. 

Caring Together: the carers strategy for Scotland 2010-2015
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Strategy for young carers

A strategy for young carers called Getting it Right for Young Carers - Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015 has also been developed. This covers issues such as assessments, identification, school support and young adult carers. 

Getting it Right for Young Carers - Young Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010 – 2015
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How will the strategy be implemented?

The implementation of the strategy is supported two groups.

An Implementation and Monitoring Group made up of representatives from the Scottish Government, local authorities, inspection bodies, the NHS and carer organisation. You can find out more about the membership of the group and work to date, including minutes of meetings at:

Carers Reference Group which supports the implementation and delivery of some of the action points and reviews various publications and developments. The group will also highlight positive practices, experiences and emerging issues relevant to their area of expertise and representation. Papers from their meetings can be found at:

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Progress to date

The Scottish Government have produced annual progress reports, the latest of which can be downloaded here.

To read previous annual reports visit 

Short Breaks

In addition, the Scottish Government is investing £13 million between 2010-2015 for short breaks. To date more than 300 projects and over 15,000 carers and young carers have benefitted. These funds have been invested in:

Short Breaks Fund 

This fund provides grants to organisations to develop the choice and availability of short breaks so that carers and the people they care for feel better supported, less isolated, and have some quality time away from their caring routines.

The fund is managed by Shared Care Scotland on behalf of the National Carer Organisations, which includes Carers Scotland. It contains two grant programmes, Creative Breaks and Better Breaks and a Learning Exchange 

Breaks for disabled children and their families

A second fund aims to improve opportunities for disabled children, young people and their families. Better Breaks (see above) supports third sector organisations. Funding is also available direct to disabled children and their families through the Family Fund. For more information on their grants and to apply visit:

Carer Information Strategies

NHS Boards across Scotland were tasked must submit Carer Information Strategies (CIS) to Scottish Ministers. A significant investment was made by the Scottish Government to support implementation of Carer Information Strategies. The strategy requirements included amongst others measures to improve carer and young carer identification, carer support and information, training for carers and service providers and identification of hard to reach carers.

Find out more including examples of good practice at 

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