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


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 Developing Partnerships - The Role of the Third Sector in Implementing the Carers Act

  • How ready is the third sector for the Carers Act?
  • Involving and engaging carers
  • Best practice examples

Claire Cairns, Network Coordinator, and Gabrielle Colston, Partnership Development Officer, Coalition of Carers in Scotland

10:45 Supporting Improved Outcomes - Emergency and Future Planning 

  • What does the Act say about emergency and future planning?
  • What is an emergency plan?
  • How can we support carers with emergency and future planning?

Frank McKillop, Policy and Research Officer, Enable Scotland

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:30 Refreshments and Networking

11:50 Session 2: Identifying, Assessing and Supporting Carers

11:50 Supporting Young Carers Under the New Legislation

  • Specific requirements of young carer statements
  • Transitions from young carer support to adult carer support
  • Involvement of young carers in service planning

Heather Noller, Policy Officer, Carers Trust Scotland

12:10 Adult Carer Support PlansMidlothian Pilot

  • Setting the scene – who was involved
  • The pilot in practice – emerging themes
  • Sharing the learning – points for future consideration

Laura Hill, Lead Officer - Midlothian Carer Support, VOCAL Midlothian Carer Centre

Rebecca Hilton, Social Worker, Midlothian Council

12:30 Questions and Discussion

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:35 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.

13:35 Supporting Young Carers in Schools 

  • Edinburgh Young Carers works with primary and secondary schools across Edinburgh, raising awareness of, and supporting schools to identify and support, young carers.  We will be presenting on our model of engagement, and including best practice examples from Edinburgh schools.

Tracey Stewart, Schools Project Manager, Edinburgh Young Carers 

13:55 Student Carers in Scotland’s colleges and universities

  • How the Scottish Funding Council is supporting student carers in FE and HE.
  • What do know about the numbers of student carers studying in FE and HE.
  • Examples of some good practice in our colleges and universities

Nick Stansfeld, Policy/Analysis Officer (Strategic Dialogue), Scottish Funding Council

14:05 Cultivating a Positive Working Environment for Carers

  • Recognising and supporting working carers
  • Enabling carers to work alongside their caring role
  • Promoting well-being and building resilience 
  • How Carers Link Achieved ‘Carer Positive’ award

Jon Berry, Lead Training Co-ordinator, Carers Link East Dunbartonshire

14:25 Questions and Discussion

14:50 Summary by the Chair

14:55 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change


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.


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 or phone 0131 285 1635 

14 December 2017



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