The DfE has published its response to a consultation around regulatory change on support for young carers outlining changes to ensure councils put young carers at “the heart of the assessment process”. Councils should also have a whole-family approach to supporting young carers and their sick or disabled relatives.
But campaigners are concerned that they will fail to improve support for this vulnerable group as they called for time limits to be placed on councils when carrying out needs assessments of young carers but this has not occurred. They also wanted a duty to be placed on councils to involve the wider family and friendship circle of young carers in preparing a needs assessment, something the ADCS were also keen to see added.
Dr Moira Fraser, from the Carers Trust, said: “We remain concerned that these rights on may not result in real and meaningful support and services for young carers and their families, due to the reality of underfunded social care budgets.
We must reduce the need for young carers to take on harmful caring roles, by providing care and support for the older or disabled person themselves, rather than simply seeking to mitigate the effects of caring on young carers.