How to Become a Registered Carer - see below

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If you’ve been a carer for a family member or friend for some time, you may be thinking about officially becoming a registered carer. A carer is anyone who takes care of someone – be they a friend, partner, neighbour, or family member – who needs support due to a disability or illness, and cannot cope without care.

A registered carer can receive access to support from your local GP, as well as registering for any benefits you may be eligible for as a result of the hours you spend caring for someone.


There are a number of reasons why becoming a registered carer could be a good move for you, including:

You’re The Boss has a great number of resources to take a look at if you’re interested in finding out more about being a self-employed carer.

If you want to become a registered carer, consider the following steps to make this happen:

1. Register with your GP

If you are an unpaid carer, there are many benefits to registering as a carer with your GP practice. This applies even if you are in receipt of Carers Allowance.

Benefits of registering as a carer with your doctor include:

2. Register for Carers Allowance

If you currently informally care for someone without getting paid, you may still be eligible for Carers Allowance.

You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you:

– Care for someone at least 35 hours/week

– Are aged 16 or over

– Are no longer in full-time education or studying for more than 21 hours/week

– Earn less than £116/week after taxes, care costs, and 50% of what you pay into your pension.

We’ve written a total guide to carers allowance and your benefits, so have a read of it and see what you need to do in order to register for carers allowance.

Becoming a self-employed carer:

If you want to register as a self-employed carer, you will need to meet a few more requirements. These include:

1. Qualifications

While there is no legal requirement to have certain qualifications as a carer, you may still want to get certain certifications as a self-employed carer to show your clients that you can provide the proper care they need.

There are many diplomas and NVQs you can take, or you might choose to focus on gaining more direct experience as a carer before moving into a self-employed caring role.

2. Set up your business

To become a registered self-employed carer, you will need to think about the business side of things as well as your day-to-day work. This includes:

3. Insurance

When you are a self-employed carer, it is a good idea to consider what you will do if something goes wrong while working – whether that’s incurring an injury yourself or the person you care for getting hurt.

Having an insurance policy to protect you in these circumstances is important, covering you for things such as:

Take a look at our self-employed carers insurance page for more information.