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Concerns over effectiveness of young carer regulations

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.

However, they have ruled out introducing a number of other requirements called for by campaigners during the consultation, including imposing time limits on councils for carrying out needs assessments of young carers.

In addition, they will not place a duty on councils to involve the wider family and friendship circle of young carers in preparing a needs assessment, something the ADCS was keen to see added to the regulations.