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Understanding carers

Everything you need to know if you know carers, work with carers or deal with carers in your daily life.

All about carers

Carers come from all walks of life, and the caring role can be thrust upon anyone at a moment's notice. Find out how you can help carers you know.

Carers at work

One in ten of your colleagues may be carers. Find out about their rights and where help is available for them to be healthy productive employees.

Advice for health and social care workers

Although carers look after ill or disabled people, they are often ill themselves and struggle to look after their health.

Advice for teachers and lecturers

Many pupils and college students are carers but may not discuss their caring role. Read how you can help and what their rights are.

Advice for police and prisons

What to do if you come into contact with carers or the people they are looking after within the criminal justice system.

Advice for borders and immigration staff

Information about how your work may bring you into contact with carers. Find out about their rights and how to support them.

Last reviewed: 01/10/2010

Next review due: 01/10/2012

Call Carers Direct on 0808 802 0202

Free, confidential information and advice for carers.

Lines are open 8am to 9pm Monday to Friday, 11am to 4pm at weekends. Calls are free from UK landlines and mobiles or you can request a free call back.

You can also ask for a call back in one of more than 170 languages including ربي, বাংলা, 中文, Français, ગુજરાતી, Polski, Português, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Soomaali, Español, Türkçe and .اردو.

You can send a query to our advisers by email.

Find out more about the Carers Direct helpline.

Andy Howland, cares for wife Heather who had a brain haemorrhage

Coming to terms with personality change

Read how Andy cares for his wife Heather, whose personality changed dramatically after she had a brain haemorrhage.

Carers: Julie's story

Julie is a full-time carer. In this video she explains how she copes and where she found help. Call the Carers Direct helpline on 0808 802 0202 and get free, confidential information and advice for carers.