Supporting Carers – Getting Ready for the Carers (Scotland) Act

This briefing will consider agencies’ new duties and responsibilities to support carers under the Carers (Scotland) .

The context

'As of June 2017, an estimated 788,000 people in Scotland care for a relative, friend or neighbour. This includes 44,000 who are under the age of 18.'

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, coming into effect 1 April 2018, introduces new legal duties on authorities and a range of provisions to help better identify, assess and support carers. But how can your organisation best prepare for the significant changes to improve support and outcomes for carers and the people they care for?

Attend this Holyrood briefing to get an up-to-date brief on the legislation and get insights into existing good practice to support carers and young carers.

Key issues to be addressed

  • Overview of changes to carers legislation in Scotland and the timeline for implementation
  • Understanding legal duties and responsibilities under the Carers (Scotland) Act
  • Taking a preventative approach to ensure carers and young carers are better supported
  • Replacing Carers Assessments with the new Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carers Statements
  • Supporting young carers to have a childhood similar to non-carer peers
  • Good practice in setting personal outcomes, identifying needs and supporting carers
  • Involving carers and carers’ organisation in planning, shaping, delivery and review of services
  • Maintaining the health and wellbeing (physical and mental) of the carer
  • Developing local carers’ strategies and short breaks plans
  • Delivering effective communication, information and advice services for carers

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Session 1: Update on Implementation of Carers (Scotland) Act

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair​

10:05 Overview of Changes to Carers Legislation in Scotland, Understanding Legal Duties and the Timeline for Implementation

Fiona Collie, Policy & Public Affairs Manager, Carers Scotland

10:25 Supporting Young Carers Under the New Legislation

Heather Noller, Policy Officer, Carers Trust Scotland

10:45 Developing Preventative Approaches – Moving to the New Adult Carer Support Plans and Young Carers Statements

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Carers

11:45 Setting Personal Outcomes, Identifying Needs and Supporting Carers

12:05 Developing Partnerships, Local Carers’ Strategies, Information and Advice Services

Claire Cairns, Network Coordinator, Coalition of Carers in Scotland

12:25 Questions and Discussion

12:40 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Good Practice Seminar

A series of inputs will share insights and learning into existing good practice that is supporting carers and young carers to good health and a life alongside caring.

13:30 Case Study A - Supporting Young Carers in Education

Tracey Stewart, Schools Project Manager, Edinburgh Young Carers 

13:50 Case Study B

14:10 Case Study C

14:30 Questions and Discussion

14:50 Summary by the Chair

14:55 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Who will benefit from attending?

Anyone with a vested interest in supporting the health and wellbeing of carers and young carers in Scotland. This breifing will be relevant to people from across sectors including: social services; health profession; social care; housing; and education.

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635 

Dates
14 December 2017

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