Carers' views of social care quality
According to the 2011 census, there are around 6.5 million carers in the UK providing unpaid care for ill, older or disabled family members and friends (Carers UK, 2014). Carers are a key part of social care services. The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England was developed to learn more about whether services are helping them in their caring role and life outside of caring, and about their perception of services provided to the person they care for.
The Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England (SACE) is a biennial survey that took place for the first time in 2012-13. The survey covers informal, unpaid carers aged 18 or over, caring for a person aged 18 or over. The survey seeks the opinions of carers on a number of topics that are considered to be indicative of a balanced life alongside their unpaid caring role.
In 2016-17 the eligible population changed so that in addition to including carers that have had a carer’s assessment or review from the local authority in the 12 months prior to the survey taking place, carers are now also included who have not been assessed or reviewed during the previous 12 months. The results from the survey are weighted to make inferences (or estimates) about the whole eligible population of carers. These estimates and findings are subject to a degree of uncertainty.
For more information please see the Personal Social Services Survey of Adult Carers in England: Methodology and further information.