Young Carers Rights
The Children and Families Act 2014 is an important new piece of legislation.
Young carers, young adult carers and their families now have stronger rights to be:
- offered information
- receive an assessment
- supported using a whole-family approach.
The Act defines a young carer as “a person under 18 who provides or intends to provide care for another person“, this includes practical and/or emotional support.
Rights to an Assessment
The Local Authority must carry out a Young Carer’s Needs Assessment if:
- the young carer may have needs for support
- the young carer requests an assessment.
- the young carer’s parents request an assessment
- the young carer has already been assessed but their needs or circumstances or person receiving care has changed
- a previous assessment did not cover the young carers needs in relation to another person they care for
The Local Authority can refuse to carry out an assessment if:
- the young carer does not appear to have needs for support
- the Local Authority has already carried out an assessment of the young carer’s need for support connected with their care for a particular person and circumstances have not changed.
The assessment must consider:
- the extent to which the young carer provides or intends to provide inappropriate or excessive care.
- the young carer’s needs and wishes including: education; work; training and recreation.
- the impact on the young carer’s wellbeing, person development, physical health, mental health and emotional health.
Taking Action After the Assessment
The Local Authority must:
- decide what actions to take based on the assessment. e.g. provide services.
- identify the young carer’s friends and family and consider how they can help the young carer to achieve their goals identified in the assessment.
- arrange a review of the assessment.
If you would like to know more about Young Carer's Needs Assessments or Young Carers' Rights, please contact the Young Carers Project on (0191) 643 2298.
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