Scottish Government Guidance

Scottish Government Guidance

"Getting It right for Young Carers" is the Scottish Government’s strategy to support young carers and young adult carers.

Key Points: 

  • The strategy comprises 46 action points involving professionals across health, education and social services.
  • Proposals include renaming carers assessments to carer support plans to describe them more effectively.
  • Carers Trust and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance will be consulting with carers and young carers to respond to each stage of consultation through to legislation.
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25/11/14

Scottish Government – national strategy

Getting It right for Young Carers is Scottish Government’s strategy to support young carers and young adult carers from 2010 until 2015. 

The strategy comprises 46 action points involving professionals across health, education and social services as well as Skills Development Scotland and other voluntary sector services.

It is the vision of Scottish Government that by 2015, increasing numbers of young carers will be effectively identified and supported by statutory and Third Sector services using the Getting It Right For Every Child (GIRFEC) approach.  This will include the provision of an assessment, information and advice and a range of supports.  These will combine to relieve young carers of inappropriate caring roles, to promote their rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and enable them to be children and young people first and foremost.  

The vision also means that young carers will:

  • have their rights respected and promoted
  • be treated at all times with respect and dignity
  • be treated as individuals and have any particular or special needs recognised
  • be relieved of inappropriate caring roles and able to enjoy their childhood
  • have a life outside of their caring role
  • be supported to stay physically and mentally well
  • be informed through having access to information, advice and support
  • be involved and empowered in making age appropriate contribution to caring.

Read Getting It Right For Young Carers: The Young Carers Strategy for Scotland: 2010 - 2015 Summary on the Scottish Government website.

Carers Legislation

The first stage of consultation began around proposals for legislation for carers and young carers in January 2014.  The proposals include that:

  • Carers assessments will be renamed carer support plans to describe them more effectively and to encourage uptake.
  • Young carers should have their wellbeing assessed within the GIRFEC framework and with consideration being given as to whether they require a Child’s Plan under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014.
  • Young carers who are expected to continue their caring role beyond the age of 18 should have planning processes for their carers support plan begin well in  advance of their 18th birthday to ease transition to adult services.

A full copy of the proposals can be read on the Scottish Government website

Carers Trust and the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance will be consulting with carers and young carers to respond to each stage of consultation through to legislation.

Further information

Further information and resources on issues concerning young people in Scotland, including information on policy and research, are available on the Scotland's Commissioner for Children and Young People website.