Being heard: a self-advocacy guide for carers

Carers UK
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This guide for carers looks at the way ‘the system’ works, at the relationships carers may have with organisations and services that are involved with the person they care for and the rights that can help them get their voice heard. It then looks at skills around communication, assertiveness and negotiation and offers practical advice on getting the best out of interactions with others and how to make a complaint. The third part of this guide takes a look at the ‘inner’ factors that may affect the ability of carers to get their voice heard. Issues like difficult emotions, stress and family relationships are explored and ways to cope with these feelings are offered. The document also explore how new ways of thinking and greater self-awareness may help carers to be heard more easily. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
carers, self-advocacy, rights, assertiveness training, relationships, stress;
Content type:
practice guidance
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