What are Carers' Rights?

With Carers Rights Day on 30 November steadily approaching and with it, the launch of our exciting new campaign (#carersrealities) we thought it would be a good idea to clarify what carers rights are.

Many carers are not told what they are entitled to until they reach crisis point and we believe that carers being informed means that they can access support early which leads to better outcomes for everyone involved.

There are slight differences between the rights adult carers have and the right parent carers have. The rights of adult and parent carers are slightly different to the rights of young carers due to the differing needs of each group.

Adult Carer Rights – note the slight difference for parent carers.

1. Under the Care Act 2014 carers are entitled to a carer’s assessment if they appear to have needs for support.

2. The Children and Families Act 2014 gives a standalone right to an assessment as the parent of a disabled child.

3. A local authority has a duty to meet a carer’s eligible needs.

4. A carer has a right to a support plan which will show how their eligible needs will be met.

5. Carers should get a personal budget which shows the cost of meeting their eligible needs.

6. Carers’ wellbeing should be the focus of a carer’s assessment with a need to prevent deterioration.

Carers rights under the Mental Health Act 1983 (Amended by the 2007 Act)

1. Carers have the right to be included on a service user’s care plan.

2. Carers have the right to be given general information about the person whom they are caring for. The service user’s consent is needed to get specific information.

3. A service user doesn’t have the right to stop professionals speaking to carers or vice versa but may limit what a professional can tell a carer.

Young Carer or Young Adult Carers Rights.

1. The Children and Families Act 2014 gives carers under the age of 18 the right to an assessment on the appearance of need, they do not need to request one.

2. Young Carers shouldn’t be doing a caring role that:

• Makes them feel worried, sad or lonely.

•  Makes their health worse.

•  Means that they miss out on time with friends.

•   Means they do worse at school, college or university.

•  Stops them getting a job or keeping a job.

•   Stops them wanting to achieve your goals for the future.

Are there any rights you’re surprised about? Get involved in our carers rights vs carers reality campaign over 26-30 November and share your thoughts!