Unpaid carers and the Care Act 2014

What is the Care Act 2014?

The Care Act 2014, which came into effect in 2015, sets out laws which local authorities must follow with regards to carers and the people they care for.

The Care Act covers things such as rights to needs assessments for the cared-for person and carers assessments for their carers.

If you are caring for someone and have not yet had a carers assessment, you can contact your GP or use our directory to find local support.

The Care Act has improved the lives of carers by helping them to access support which enables them to lead as normal a life as possible outside of their caring role.

What are the Care Act wellbeing principles?

The Care Act also makes local authorities responsible for promoting and considering the wellbeing of individuals when they make decisions about the care and services they offer.

Wellbeing includes:

  •  personal dignity (including treatment of the individual with respect)
  •  physical and mental health and emotional wellbeing
  •  protection from abuse and neglect
  •  control by the individual over their day-to-day life (including over care and support provided and the way they are provided)
  •  participation in work, education, training, or recreation
  •  social and economic wellbeing
  •  domestic, family, and personal domains
  •  suitability of the individual’s living accommodation
  •  the individual’s contribution to society

All of the above are considered equally important and must be considered when looking at the impact of a caring role or the cared-for person’s needs.

We recommend visiting Carers UK where you’ll find a summary of the Care Act 2014, as well as further information on the Care Act eligibility criteria, the Care Act in relation to children and young adults, caring for a disabled child, self-funding care, and more.

What is the Care Standards Act 2000?

The Care Standards Act was introduced to regulate the standards of service providers, agencies, care homes, children’s care, etc. The Care Standards Act ensures all providers are competent. You can find out more information on the act here.

If you have concerns about care, you can contact your local council, or follow the steps outlined here.

To apply for a needs or carers assessment contact your GP or find your local provider here.

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