Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into force on 1 April 2018. It introduces new legal rights for carers and young carers in Scotland as well as building on existing rights and good practice.
The legal definition of a carer has changed in Scotland to:
'An individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual'.
The Act defines the meaning of a carer.
The Act brings about new legal duties for the local authority and the health board:
- Duty to provide Adult Carer Support Plan
- Duty to provide Young Carers Statement
- Duty to set Eligibility Criteria
- Duty to provide Support
- Duty to establish advice and information services
- A duty on the NHS to inform and involve carers in carers' services and hospital discharge planning
- Duty to prepare a Carers Strategy
- Duty to prepare a Short Breaks Services Statement
The Act affords carers legal rights:
- Right to an Adult Carer Support Plan or Young carers Statement
- Right to support to meet "eligible needs"
- The right to be involved in services
- The right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person you care for
You can also refer to the Glossary to help you understand the terms used.