C. Kelleher & J. O’Riordan A Fine Balance: Mental Health and Family Caring (University College Cork, 2016)
Care Alliance Ireland Family Caring in Ireland (May 2013)
A Fives et al. Study of Young Cares in the Irish Population: Full Report (Office of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 2010)
A. Fives et al. Study of Young Carers in the Irish Population: Summary Findings (Office of Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, 2010)
E. Argyle et al. Continuing to Care for People with Dementia (Alzheimer Soc. of Ireland/Uni. of Bradford, 2010)
F. O’Brien Family Carer Health Survey 2009: Summary (The Carers Association/College of Psychiatry of Ireland, November 2009)
The Carers Association Listening to Carers (2008)
The National Carers’ Strategy was published in July 2012. Its forty-two actions represented a commitment by Government to support family carers, with the vision that they would be ‘Recognised, Supported and Empowered’, both in their caring role and in their participation in wider society. It sets out the strategic direction for future policies, services and supports provided by Government departments and agencies for carers. The Strategy contained a roadmap for implementation of its objectives, outlining recommended actions, timelines for achievement of objectives and the government departments with responsibility for each action.
The Department of Health produced an annual progress report, collating reported progress on each of the Strategy’s forty-two actions from the responsible departments. Family Carers Ireland coordinated a National Carers’ Strategy Monitoring Group with family carers and representatives from Care Alliance Ireland, which, beginning in 2014, evaluated each of these annual progress reports, producing a Family Carers’ Scorecard in response. (The first Scorecard was not published; the second accordingly responded to the first two Government progress reports.) The Strategy, annual government progress reports and the NCS Monitoring Group’s Family Carers’ Scorecards can be accessed below.