Welcome to the BME family carers website

Welcome to the Engage toolkit website, supporting black and minority ethnic (BME) young carers and families carers. This site has been funded by the Department of Health in order to provide an understanding of the needs of black and minority ethnic family carers and best practice support.

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About the site

The site brings together information, resources and links to help develop and implement best policy and practice for services to support black and minority ethnic young carers and family.

You can find short, accessible bits of information, links to other good practice sites and resources, information about local projects and support, case studies and good practice guidance around multi-agency working and whole family support. 

Who should use the site?

While this hub is mainly for practitioners from a range of organisations—including adults’ and children’s services, health education and the voluntary sector—it is useful for anyone providing services to families affected by ill health and disability.

There are also links to community projects and helplines which may be of use to the carers themselves.


It might feel like you’re the only one dealing with this but actually the experience of looking after a family member, partner or friend is very common. One in every eight adults in the UK is a carer. It’s something that will happen to most people at some point in their lives – in fact every year, over 2 million people become carers for the first time.

At the start caring can be bewildering, confusing and demanding. No one is super human and all carers need some support and back-up. One of the most important things to accept is that you cannot do this all by yourself without serious risks to your health and well-being. 

- From Carers UK’s Quick guide to caring

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Young carers are children and young people under 18 who provide, or intend to provide, care, assistance or support to another family member.

There is a range of policy that instructs and guides work with young carers and their families. A comprehensive list is available in The Whole Family Pathway.


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