Carers Rights

As a carer, you have rights, and these have been brought together in the Carers (Scotland) Act which came into force on 1st April 2018.

The Carers Act enhances the rights of carers in Scotland to help improve their health and wellbeing, so that they can continue to care, if they so wish, and have a life alongside caring.

The key rights outlined

Local authorities must establish and maintain an information and advice service for carers

In Dundee, we want all carers to be supported if they need it, therefore services are available to access when you need support. This includes a wide variety of support, information and advice through Dundee Carers Centre and other local organisations in Dundee.

All carers are entitled to an adult carer support plan or a young carer statement for carers under the age of 18

An Adult Carer Support Plan and a Young Carers statement will provide you with an opportunity to tell us about your own needs, how they might be met and can help you to plan for the things that matter to you as a carer. The Dundee Adult Carer Support Plan is for carers who look after someone living in Dundee.

Carers have a right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’

If your Adult Carer Support Plan or Young Carer Statement identifies that there are supports that you would benefit from that aren’t currently available and if you meet the eligibility threshold, you may be entitled to additional funding to meet your needs.   Carers who do not meet eligibility criteria will still receive help and can access services such as information and advice from local carer support services.

Carers have a right to be involved in services

A key feature of the Act relates to carer involvement. Carers must be involved in the planning, shaping, delivery, and review of service.  This includes involvement in the development of the local Carer Strategy, as well as the local Short Break Services Statement.

Carers have a right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person they are going to be caring for

Hospital discharge planning is also covered by the Act. Local Health Boards have a duty to involve carers in making decisions relating to hospital discharge for the person they care for or intend to provide care for.

Further resources & info

To read the full legislation click here Click here

Coalition of Carers have produced the following guides that may be helpful to carers:

What to Expect – The Carers (Scotland) Act

Coalition of Carers also developed individual leaflets which highlight different areas of the Act. They can be downloaded here:

Further information

Visit Coalition of Carers website

United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

The UNCRC is an international human rights treaty that covers all aspects of children’s lives. It includes civil, political, economic and cultural rights.

The main purpose of the Bill is to “incorporate” the UNCRC, which means it will make it part of Scottish law.

Click here to read

Scottish Government Carers' Charter

The Carers’ Charter contains information about your rights as an adult carer or young carer in Scotland under the Carers Act.

Read the full charter here

MECOPP has produced a guide to the Carers Act which is also available in Chinese and Urdu.

You can download copies below

Carers Act Guide – English

Carers Act Guide – Chinese Language

Carers Act Guide – Urdu

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