If you care for a family member or friend, it is important that you understand your rights and are able to access the appropriate support as soon as you need it.
Carers Count works alongside other local and national organisations to help:
ensure carers are aware of their rights
let carers know where to get help and support
raise awareness of the needs of carers
Find out more about carers' rights by watching this brief introduction:
We understand that it can be difficult to know where to begin when it comes to understanding carers' rights. To help get you started, we have answered a few common questions below...
Our organisation has been involved in producing a report, 'Valuing Voices: Protecting rights through the pandemic and beyond'.
This is the result of a survey of nearly 450 advocates across the UK. Read it here:
"How can I find support to understand my rights as a carer?"
"Can an advocate help me if I don't know my rights?"
Yes! ‘Advocacy’ is all about people having more control over their own lives. We help people to make their own decisions, speak up about what they want and need, and achieve their own goals. Our work includes supporting people to feel more in control of the health and social care processes they are involved in.
An advocate can help you to find out what your rights are and help you to access all the information you need to make your own informed decisions. You can learn more by visiting our Advocacy page. You can also watch the video below to hear about a carer's experience of advocacy support:
If you would like to discuss this further with a member of our team, please contact us. If you are unsure whether to get in touch, you might like to learn more about other carers' experiences by visiting our Carer Stories section.
"What about my rights as a young carer?"
If you are under 18 and look after a family member who has an illness, disability, mental health issue or a drug and/or alcohol problem, you shouldn't be doing everything that an adult carer or a paid care worker would do. You need plenty of time for school, to see friends and to have hobbies. You should feel supported and be able to say how much care you are willing and able to give. You do have rights as a young carer. Barnardo's Young Carers Service can help you to understand what these are. Please watch the following video to find out more:
If you know a young person caring for someone with a physical or mental health condition or disability, please contact us for more information on 01484 426100 or check out our website: www.barnardos.org.uk/kirklees-ycs.htm.
"What about my rights as a parent carer?"
An advocate will recognise that you are the expert on your child's situation and will help you to access information about your rights. Please find out more by watching this video:
The Care Act 2014 - An easy-read guide:
This legislation ensures carers have the same rights to an assessment as the people they care for. Please contact us for more information.