New resources on young carers’ and young adult carers’ rights
The Children and Families Act and Care Act come into force today. Carers Trust has created new resources for Network Partners on young carers’ and young adult carers’ rights, to help you understand, explain and implement the legislation locally. These work alongside the briefing and toolkit on the Care Act published by Carers Trust last year. Network Partners have an important role to play as experts in letting local authorities know what local young carers and young adult carers need for their rights to be realised.
The legislation creates new rights for all carers, including young carers and young adult carers. It brings stronger rights to identification, assessment and support for young carers and young adult carers. For this to become a reality it relies on local authorities making sure they are ready to implement a new standard of assessments, to proactively identify young carers and prevent inappropriate caring roles. Young adult carers also have rights for the first time as they transition to adulthood. Local authorities will need to join up the work of adult social care services and children’s services.
Carers Trust has produced a briefing to update you on the final details of the Children and Families Act 2014 as they relate to young carers, young adult carers and their families. This complements our earlier briefing on the Care Act 2014.
We have also produced a short overview of all of the new rights which apply to young carers, young adult carers and their families, from both the Care Act and the Children and Families Act.
We would be very grateful to hear your thoughts as to how the new rights for young carers and young adult carers are being implemented locally.
We have also produced a template for young carers’ and young adult carers’ caseworkers and support workers to request an assessment and a similar letter for young carers, young adult carers and their families to request their own assessment from the local authority.
Please feel free to adapt and share these templates. We would also welcome comments or feedback on any of the resources.
Resources available via Carers Trust web site @ www.carers.org
The picture at the top is one of our local MPs Barbara Keeley with 3 local young carers. Barbara has worked tirelessly over the past few years, along side the Carers Trust and others, to ensure Carers Rights, in particular Young Carers Rights have not only been protected but strengthen. All the young people we work with would like to say a huge thank you to her.