Carers and young carers in Scotland provide invaluable support to the family, friends and neighbours that they care for. The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting carers and young carers to remain in their caring roles and to be able to lead a life alongside their caring responsibilities.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, passed in the Scottish Parliament on February 4, 2016, came in to effect on 1 April 2018. It will ensure better and more consistent support for carers and young carers so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, in better health and to have a life alongside caring.
Carers and young carers in Scotland provide invaluable support to the family, friends and neighbours that they care for. You may be a parent, a partner, a son or daughter, a sister or brother or friend to someone who needs support as a result of their illness condition or disability. If you provide them with help and support to manage their life – you are also a carer.
The Scottish Government recognises the importance of supporting carers and young carers to remain in their caring roles and to be able to lead a life alongside their caring responsibilities. There are currently estimated to be 788,000 people in Scotland who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour. This includes 44,000 who are under the age of 18.
The Act is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. Measures include:
- a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria
- a specific adult carer support plan (ACSP) and young carer statement (YCS) to identify carers’ needs and personal outcomes
- a requirement for local authorities to have an information and advice service for carers which provides information and advice on, among other things, emergency and future care planning, advocacy, income maximisation and carers’ rights
- a requirement for the responsible local authority to consider whether that support should be provided in the form of a break from caring and the desirability of breaks from caring provided on a planned basis.
Find out more from the Scottish Government on the latest programmes and initiatives regarding unpaid carers on their website.
Look out for our new resources
Working with a wide range of partners, including carers, we’ve been co-designing a suite of personal outcomes focused resources to help support the implementation of the Act and its underlying principles. One of these resources is an ebook which focuses on personal outcomes and enabling conversations that meet the requirements within the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 for carer support planning and builds connections with self-directed support and anticipatory care planning. These resources will be available from May 2018.
We are connecting with partners in localities to co-ordinate local personal outcomes resources launch sessions during spring and summer. Look out for more information on the resources and the launch sessions which we will also promote through Yammer and social media.
If you would like more details about this work please contact firstname.lastname@example.org