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With 1 in 7 people now juggling work with caring for someone who is older, ill or disabled - and our population ageing – carers are a growing reality in our workforce.

Without the right support, 1 in 6 carers give up work or reduce working hours to care. But many will be your most skilled and experienced staff, the 45-64 year olds at the peak of their careers.

Building a supportive workplace for all staff – including the growing numbers who are, or will become carers - is both good employment practice and good business sense.

The Carer Confident benchmarking scheme assists employers to build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are, or will become, carers and to make the most of the talents that carers can bring to the workplace.

Carer Confident also seeks to recognise employers who achieve this, and to inspire others to follow suit.

The certificate of achievement will be presented to employers with a UK presence who have demonstrated that they have built an inclusive workplace where carers are recognised, respected and supported.

Carer Confident employers recognise the importance of retaining valued members of staff, reducing absence and unnecessary recruitment costs, and increasing staff resilience, engagement and productivity.

Employers in Scotland are also encouraged to engage with the Carer Positive employer recognition scheme which is sponsored by the Scottish Government and operated by Carers Scotland. For more information visit



For more information or to request an Application Form please contact us on 020 7378 4956 or email us at [email protected]


What are the benefits?

Building a positive and inclusive workplace for all staff – including the growing numbers who are, or will become carers - is both good employment practice and good business sense.

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Carer Confident levels

Carer Confident has three levels designed to support you throughout your journey towards building a positive and inclusive workplace for all staff who are, or who will become, carers.

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Carer Confident criteria

Carer Confident has been designed to be progressive, to enable you to work through the levels, starting at Level 1: Active, then moving to Level 2: Accomplished and finally on to Level 3: Ambassador.

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Carer Confident for SMEs

Carer Confident is relevant and appropriate for all organisations, whatever your size and structure, including for small employers. 

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What does it cost?

Find out more about the fees to become Carer Confident


Apply to become Carer Confident

Discover everything you need to know to begin your Carer Confident application

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Carer Confident Employers

See which employers are already Carer Confident.


Download the Carer Confident leaflet for more information on the benchmark.

Download the Summary of Criteria for all levels leaflet to find out more about how you will be assessed.

Our Guidance document answers a number of questions including how to apply, eligibility criteria, cost, etc.

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