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Carers Rights & Entitlements

Keys rights every carer caring for adults should know are:-

A carer will be entitled to an assessment if it appears that a carer needs support. The carer's assessment must establish whether the carer is willing and able to continue providing care to the person they are caring for, what impact this has on the carer's wellbeing, what outcomes the carer wishes to achieve in day-to-day life, and whether the carer wishes to access education, training or recreational activities.

The carer will have the same rights to an assessment and support as the disabled adult themselves. Therefore, once a carer's assessment has been carried out, the local authority will see which of the carer's needs are eligible for support, and will then produce a support plan to meet the carer's needs.

Local authorities are under a duty to meet a carer's eligible needs, subject to financial assessment.

There may be other things that you as a carer maybe entitled to which may be highlighted in Carers UK's 'Looking After Someone' booklet

Keys rights every parent carer caring for children and young people under 25 years old should know are:-

A parent carer is someone over 18 who provides care to a disabled child for whom they have parental responsibility.

The Children and Families Act 2014 amends the Children Act 1989 requiring local councils to assess parent carers on the appearance of need or where an assessment is requested by the parent.

This is called a parent carers needs assessment. 

This assessment can be combined with one for the disabled child, and could be carried out by the same person at the same time.

There may be other things that you as a carer maybe entitled to which may be highlighted on Carers UK's page Young carers and carers of children under 18

We are in the process of obtaining a video which will be uploaded below

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) Video is an introduction to the Care Act 2014, giving an overview of the key aspects of the Act, including personalisation, strengths-based approaches, advocacy, safeguarding, eligibility and more.

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