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Bolton's Carers Strategy 2013-2015 sets out priorities and practical ways to ensure the best possible outcomes for carers and those they care for through a programme of realistic actions to ensure that the vital role of carers is recognised and supported during the next three years. Bolton’s Carers Strategy follows on from and replaces the previous local strategy, ‘Supporting Carers in Bolton - Everyone’s Responsibility 2009-12’. The new Carers Strategy responds to national Government policy and strategy concerning carers and addresses the key priorities and outcomes for the next three years for individuals in Bolton who have caring responsibilities for persons over the age of 18; including support for families to avoid young people under this age carrying out inappropriate caring roles.

Further information on caring in Bolton can be found here:

This indicator is measured via the Adult Social Care Survey and represents the percentage of respondents to question 1 who said they were satisfied with their care and support. It is part of the Adult Social Care Framework (ASCOF).

This briefing summarises NICE's recommendations for local authorities and partner organisations on promoting the quality of life of looked-after children (including babies) and young people[1]. It is particularly relevant to directors and executive members of children's services and to the work of health and wellbeing boards. It may also be of interest to local safeguarding boards. The guidance can be accessed and downloaded by clicking here:

This research looks at the experiences and preferences of low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali people in balancing work and care responsibilities. It examines the particular challenges faced by these ethnic minority groups, and the challenges for employers and policy. It found that:

  • Discrimination prevents low-income ethnic minority people from balancing work and care;
  • Many people are unaware of free childcare provision for 2-4 year olds;
  • Benefit changes are likely to make it more difficult to balance work and care for these people;
  • Attitudes towards caring vary greatly across ethnic groups; and
  • Caring responsibilities were predominantly taken up by women.


This report highlights the work done by Bolton LINk around issues involving 'Homecare' Services in Bolton and the views of those individuals using the care. It uses those views to form a response to the issues and concerns to commissioners and providers. It should be read by all those involved in the commissioning and provision of services associated to specifically 'Homecare'  but also wider individual care -based services.

Recognised, valued and supported: next steps for the Carers Strategy sets out how the Government will work with carers and carers’ organisations. Government – local and national – should reciprocate the support carers show with measures that ease the responsibility of caring.

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The report and summary presentation (attached below) present a summary of the key findings of the statutory 2011-12 Adult Social Care Survey together with data tables for all questions including comparisons with 2010-11 and North West and England averages.  They show a detailed breakdown of the adult social care 'customer' base alongside their perception of the services they currently recieve. Both of these documents should be of great interest to those involved in the commissioning and provision of adult care services in Bolton.

This report and presentation (both attached) show a summary of the key findings of the statutory 2012-13 Caring for Others survey together with data tables for all questions including comparisons with the 2009-10 pilot survey and North West and England averages (to be added summer 2013 once data is published). It contains quantitative and qualitative data on the carer demographic, experience & opinions of care and support, quality of life outcomes as well as stakeholder comments.

This is essential reading for all those with the commissioning and provision of care services.

The Carers Strategy sets out the Government’s short term agenda and long-term vision for the future care and support of carers. You can access this strategy by clikcing here: 

This strategy provides a strategic framework within which local services can:

  • deliver quality improvements to dementia services and address health inequalities relating to dementia;
  • provide advice and guidance and support for health and social care commissioners and providers in the planning, development and monitoring of services; and
  • provide a guide to the content of high-quality services for dementia.

You can access the document by clicking here:

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