Why use this site?


There is lots of information available that can be drawn upon to develop policy and practice supporting BME family carers. But it is scattered and sometimes hidden in large policy or research documents. 

Health inequalities 

Findings from the Afiya Trust show that “many minority ethnic communities experience poorer health in comparison to the national population” and that there can be many barriers to BME families accessing appropriate and inclusive health and social care services.”

Legal duties

The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 places a duty on all public bodies to promote equality of opportunity, tackle racial discrimination and promote good relations between different communities. 

This is reaffirmed in the Equality Act 2010 which includes in its aims to protect disabled people and prevent disability discrimination. It provides legal rights for disabled people in the areas of, employment, education, access to goods, services and facilities, buying and renting land or property and the functions of public bodies. 


There may be a range of barriers when working with BME carers and their families. Some of these key barriers have been highlighted in a report by Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and include:

  • a lack of appropriate services
  • poor quality services or lack of choice
  • a lack of knowledge amongst families about support that is available to them
  • communication and language barriers
  • experience of direct and institutional discrimination

Find out more about barriers in Awareness.

Best practice

This website helps explore and understand the expectations upon us in responding to BME family carers, some of the barriers that may exist and how best to overcome them. 

Open and effective communication is at the heart of most solutions. This means involving the family throughout, good community links, and multi-agency and joint working. 


SCIE´s new guide says Think child, think parent, think family. It encourages the development of services that:

  • offer an open door into a system of joined-up support at every point of entry
  • look at the whole family and co-ordinate care
  • provide support that is tailored to need
  • build on family strengths.

- from: At a Glance 9: Think child, think parent, think family

Useful links

Home Office Equalities information

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) 

Afiya Trust


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