Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004

Duty to inform carers of the right to assessment

In this section:

The Act places a new duty on local authorities to ensure that carers are informed of their right to an assessment. The local authority must make an effort to seek out carers who are not known to social services (commonly known as 'hidden carers'), and must ensure that information is available and accessible for all carers.

See chapter 2 of the Listening to carers video

A section on young carers has been included in this guide. Although children should not be undertaking regular and substantial caring responsibilities, it is widely acknowledged that some still do. This guide seeks to clarify responsibilities towards this group.