Issue details

Carers Strategy 2024-2028

The Executive Board is recommended to:
i. Endorse the Blackburn with Darwen Carers Strategy as a key strategy to guide Place Based Partnership delivery
ii. Endorse the following next steps agreed in Place based Partnership Board and take collective responsibility for their delivery:
a. Support the co-production of a Delivery Plan with service users from across the breadth of the Place-based Partnership.
b. Support the development of a Carers Board to oversee the delivery of the strategy.
iii. Extend their thanks to all those involved so far in developing the strategy.

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Decision status: For Determination

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 11/06/2024

Explanation of anticipated restriction:

Decision due: 11 Jul 2024 by Executive Board

Lead member: Executive Member for Adults Social Care & Health, Executive Member for Children, Young People and Education

Lead director: Strategic Director of Adults and Health, Strategic Director of Children & Education (DCS)

Department: ALL

Contact: Angela Longworth Email:

Consultation process

The Blackburn with Darwen Carers strategy has been co-produced across service users and partners and is designed to demonstrate our commitment to support and empower the invaluable carers within our borough. This strategy encompasses the geographical scope of Blackburn with Darwen, aiming to address the unique needs and challenges faced by carers in our diverse community.

The methodology for producing the strategy was grounded in a co-production approach. We structured a carers survey and focus groups around five key questions (see appendix 1). There were 226 completed surveys, 53 carers participated in focus groups. In addition, a stakeholder survey was completed by seven organisations.

The draft version has been shared for feedback with carers and partners to inform the final version shared today, including Childrens and Adults Senior Policy Teams, Corporate Assurance Board, and Place Based Partnership Board.

Comments: The strategy sets out a vision for supporting young carers and adult carers in Blackburn with Darwen which is to: “create a community where every carer feels listened to, supported, and empowered. We envisage a borough where carers have access to the resources and help they need, where their contributions are recognised, and their challenges are addressed with empathy and efficiency.” The next steps for the Blackburn with Darwen Carers Strategy involve two crucial developments. Firstly, a strategic delivery plan will be created to guide the implementation of the strategy. This plan will serve as a roadmap, detailing specific actions, responsibilities, and timelines to achieve the strategy’s goals. Secondly, there will be a comprehensive review of existing services to ensure alignment with the new strategy. This may necessitate individual service providers developing their own response plans to adapt and integrate their services effectively within the broader strategy fr


  • Carers Strategy 2024-2028  

Background papers