Emergency plan for carers

Barnet Carers Emergency Card Scheme

If you care for a family member or friend you may be worried what would happen if you were suddenly taken ill or you could not get to them because of some other unforeseen emergency.

This scheme aims to give you peace of mind by enabling you to plan in advance for this possibility.

The plan is designed to cover the first 48 hours of the emergency until longer term support plans can be made. It is not expected to cover a situation where the person needs significant support, which only professional health or care workers can provide.

Barnet Carers Centre

Barnet Carers Centre runs the scheme on behalf of Barnet Council. It operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week.

Does it cost anything to join the scheme?

No. It is free.

Who can join?

You can join the scheme if you're over 18 years of age and provide unpaid care or support for an adult who needs help in their day-to-day life because of:

  • their age
  • a long-term illness
  • disability (including learning disability)
  • mental health
  • substance misuse

The person you care for must live in Barnet (whether or not you live in Barnet).

How the scheme works

Fill in the Carers Emergency Card Scheme - Barnet registration form (Word doc) and give the details of:

  • the person you care for and what support they need
  • up to three people, eg family or friends, who agree to be contacted in an emergency to provide care. If you don’t have anyone, you can name Social Care Direct or a social worker as your emergency contact.

This is then your 'Carers Emergency Plan'.

What happens next

Barnet Carers call centre will keep hold of your Emergency Plan and will send you an Emergency Card, which you should carry with you at all times. They'll also send you a copy of your Carers Emergency Plan.

This will allow anyone to contact Barnet Caers Centre and alert them to activate the Plan in the event of an emergency.

All information that you provide is confidential and stored in accordance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1988.

We recommend you review your Emergency Plan once a year to make sure it's up to date.


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