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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:

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 Local Authority can refuse to carry out an assessment if:

The assessment must consider:

Taking Action After the Assessment

The Local Authority must:

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.

Find more online support and advice here.


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