Support in the workplace

As somebody combining a caring role with paid employment you are likely to need support in the workplace, at different times and on a number of different levels.

It may be that you need access to a telephone to check on the person you care for during working hours, or to arrange annual leave to fit in with someone coming out of hospital. The good news is, that carers do have statutory rights, and more and more employers are coming to realise the benefits of supporting carers.

As a carer, you have clear rights in the workplace, and there is a formal procedure for both employees and employers to follow, which sets out the rights and responsibilities of both parties. Of course, it is up to you whether you want to tell your employer about your caring role or not.

If you are considering speaking to your employer, you should find out more about their policy for supporting carers. You can do this by checking your staff handbook or intranet or speaking to your line manager, HR department or staff representative. You may also want to speak to any colleagues in a similar situation to you. 

If you think you could benefit from arrangements such as flexible working, special leave options, compressed hours, term-time working and much more, you will have to speak to your employer. 


Richmond Carers Hub Service
Address: 5 Briar Road, Twickenham, TW2 6RB
Phone: 020 8867 2380

You can contact any of these organisations direct but if you are still unsure then Careline may be able to help you.