Carers in Crisis
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Carers in Crisis

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Leeds Beckett University


Leeds, United Kingdom

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Carers in Crisis

“when her number calls, its my duty to drop my work and give her my full support”

The number of employees who are caring for relatives and friends is growing rapidly and there is less help and support from statutory bodies. Are we as employers doing enough to help our working carers cope?

This is the question we will explore at this CIPD workshop for HR professionals – an interactive session with facts and figures and practical ideas to take forward the growing issue of working carers in the city.

Refreshments will be provided from 6pm with an aim to begin the session at 6:30pm.

Aim of the session:

  • To explore the real issues and challenges for working carers today
  • To understand the numbers and types of working carers there are in today’s workforces
  • To consider the potential high cost and impact on businesses of ignoring the needs of working carers
  • To share some examples of good practice and success stories in the area of employer support for working carers for the benefit of the employee and employer

Outcomes of the session – by the end of the session participants will

  • Understand more fully the challenges faced by working carers and the impact this has on the business
  • Be aware of the facts and figures around working carers in the UK
  • Be clear on the impact of good and poor management of working carers by employers
  • Understand effective options and initiatives which can be put in place to help employers support working carers so they do not leave the workforce.  

Contents of the session

  1. Introduction – what is a carer, and a working carer
  2. Statistics concerning the numbers of working carers, and the reason they are caring (eg dementia)
  3. Forecast trends in working carer numbers and type
  4. Implications of high numbers of working carers on the business and workforce
  5. The impact of becoming a carer on the employee
  6. Examples and case studies of the working carer challenges
  7. Discussion and ideas about what the employer can do to reduce the impact of working carers, particularly absence disruption, reductions in performance levels, employees leaving
  8. The creation of a working carers policy and individual carer support plans
  9. The use of Working Carer Champions
  10. The use of technology in supporting working carers, such as working carer virtual networks, intranet, comparison sites for useful technology for working carers
  11. Summary and open discussion


Who is the session for

Any HR professional with an interest in retaining their good employees

Style of the session

Presenter led, but interactive between delegates.


Val Hewison, CEO Carers Leeds

Andrew Walsh FCIPD, Working Carers Project Manager, Carers Leeds

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