Your Rights as a Carer

If you’re a carer then you have certain rights. These include employment rights and the right to request a Carer’s Assessment.

Your rights under the 2014 Care Act

The Care Act of 2014 set out the responsibilities that local authorities have to you as an adult carer.

Under this legislation, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council have a duty to offer you an assessment of your caring role and to provide you with the financial and practical support you might need.

Young people’s rights under the Children Act 1989 and the Children and Families Act 2014

Under these Acts, young carers (under 18) have the right to an assessment, which will look at the impact of caring, and whether the young person wishes to continue caring – and if it’s appropriate for them.

When an adult is being looked after, the Council must consider any children potentially providing care. And they must actively seek potential young carers in their area.

Under these Acts, young carers (under 18) have the right to an assessment, which will look at the impact of caring, and whether the young person wishes to continue caring – and if it’s appropriate for them.

When an adult is being looked after, the Council must consider any children potentially providing care. And they must actively seek potential young carers in their area.

Parent carers of children’s rights under the Children and Families Act 2014

The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act 1989, and required councils to assess parent carers of disabled children under 18, on the basis of ‘need’.

Read more about the rights of parent carers on Carer’s UK’s website.

Your employment rights

Additionally, if you’re a carer juggling work and with your caring role, then you also have employment rights. These include the right to request flexible working and the right to take unpaid time off during emergencies without affecting your employment.

It is also worth checking your contract as increasingly employers are recognising the value of supporting carers in their workforce and you might find that you are offered more generous terms.

The Equality Act

In the UK people have protection from discrimination in employment, in education and when receiving services.

A carer cannot be discriminated against on the basis of their association with a disabled person.

For example, if you were refused entry to a pub because the person with you is disabled. Both the person you care for (with the disability) and you (the carer) would potentially have been discriminated against.

Another example might be if you were verbally abused by a shop assistant about your child’s mental health condition, then potentially you would have been discriminated against under the Act.

The Equality Act: What do I need to know as a carer? 

Carers UK Protection from Discrimination

Human Rights Act

The British Institute on Human Rights have information on how the Human Rights Act is relevant to carers and the people they care for. Download their ‘Pocket Guide for Carers’ from their website.