Carers, Your Rights… Know them, Use them

The Carers Act

Your rights under the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016:

Adult Carers have a right to an: Adult Carer Support Plan

Young Carers have a right to a:

Young Carers Statement

Support comes in many forms from many organisations:

Right to support to meet any ‘eligible needs’

Steps to involve Carers and carer representatives in planning and evaluation:

The right to be involved in services

Carers are informed, heard and their views considered before discharge:

The right to be involved in the hospital discharge process of the person you care for.

The Carers Act

Your rights at work

Your rights as an employee include:

The Equalities Act 2010

The right to be protected from some forms of discrimination.

The Employment Rights Act 1996

The right to request Flexible Working

All employees have the right to take a ‘reasonable’ amount of time off work to deal with an emergency or an unforeseen matter

The right to request Parental Leave If you have worked for the same employer for 12 months and you are responsible for a child aged under 18, you are entitled to 18 weeks parental leave per child, which must be taken by the child’s 18th birthday

Carers & Work

Looking after someone who is an adult with incapacity

If you look after someone who is considered to be an adult with incapacity, you may be appointed guardian or be granted power of attorney, which means you can make decisions on their behalf.

Contact the Office of the Public Guardian on 0845 603 1185 or visit their website

  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianship
  • Access to Funds
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