Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

NIHR Improving employment opportunities for carers

July 2011 - November 2013

This study collected, assessed and synthesised evidence of what works in supporting carer employment, with the aim of producing guidance suitable for use in social care England-wide.

It evaluated the services and explored the relative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of different models and what works well for whom. It also considered how well different agencies co-operate, how different initiatives interlink, and the impact of new/emerging policy agendas. Case studies of recent or ongoing effective practice were undertaken in a range of localities with a track record of innovation in supporting carer employment.

The study included: scoping interviews with experts; a mapping exercise of services providing employment support to carers; case-studies including interviews and focus groups (with staff, groups and carers involved); a survey of recent participants; a review of monitoring and evaluative data; and secondary analysis of local labour market conditions for carers.

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