Eight Duties of The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

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The Carers (Scotland) Act 2017 introduces new rights for unpaid carers and new duties for local councils and the NHS to provide support to carers.  In early 2018 Connecting Carers are running a series of training workshops and consultation events for carers and those working with carers in Highland.  More information will be available in January 2018.


The eight duties are:

  1. Duty to prepare Adult Carer Support Plans - An “Adult Carer Support Plan” is a
    conversation that identifies personal outcomes and any needs a carer may have.
  2. Duty to prepare Young Carer Statement - A 'Young Carer Statement' is a plan that sets out a young carer's personal outcomes and identifies ay needs a young carer may have.
  3. Duty to set local eligibility criteria - The local eligibility criteria is a framework used to identify whether an adult or young carer should receive support from Highland Council and NHS Highland to meet their identified needs.
  4. Duty to provide support - Carers who are not eligible for SDS will still receive help and support and can access services such as information and advice from Highland Council, NHS Highland and local carer support services, Connecting Carers.  Carers may also be offered support such as breaks from caring.
  5. Duty to involve carers in carer services - Highland Council and NHS Highland have a duty to consult with carers about shaping services that impact on their caring roles. NHS Highland have a duty to involve carers in hospital discharge planning, ensuring that before a cared-for person is discharged from hospital, carers are involved in the process.
  6. Duty to prepare local carer strategy - Highland Council and NHS Highland, working together, will prepare a local carer strategy. This sets out how they plan to deliver services for carers.
  7. Information and Advice service for carers - Connecting Carers deliver an advice and information service for carers on behalf of Highland Council and NHS Highland.  The service provides information and advice about carers rights, education and training, health and well-being (including counselling) care planning and future care planning.
     Highland Carers Advocacy can be accessed through Connecting Carers. Income maximisation and bereavement support will be delivered by partner organisations.
  8. Carer's Charter - The Scottish Ministers must prepare a Carers' Charter setting out the rights of carers in the Act.
You can download a handy guide to the Carers Act here or contact carers@connectingcarers.org.uk for more information.

Date : 19 December