Am I a Carer?
The Carers Scotland Act defines a carer as an individual who provides or intends to provide unpaid care to a family member or friend due to illness, disability, frailty, mental ill-health, or a drug or alcohol dependency.
A carer can be of any age and from any community and culture and may provide carer and support for more than one person.
What defines someone as a young carer?
A young carer is a carer who is still in education, and/or under the age of 18.
For more information about young carers click here
What are my rights as a carer?
Carers have legal rights under the Carers Act Scotland. You can find out more about the key rights that apply under the legislation on our Carers Rights page
What is a carer support plan?
An adult carer support plan, or a young carer statement, is a goal focussed discussion with a social worker, with an overall aim to identify measures required to support the carer based on their individual needs.
As a carer you have a right to access a carer support plan. If you do not already have access to this support please get in touch with your local carers centre.
Read more about an Adult Support Plan Click here