What does the law say about young carers in Scotland?
What are your rights as a young person?
Rights are a list of promises to children and young people to keep them safe. They are used to make sure you are treated fairly and looked after properly. When something is called a right, it means that nobody can take it away from you. It is yours, and is meant to protect you and help you have a good life.
You have the right to
An education and to get help from school when you need it
To be safe and protected from harm, including any harm that caring could cause
The right to play – you have the right to be a young person, have fun and time off from caring
The right to be heard and listened to when it comes to the things that matter to you
To know more about your rights as a young person in Scotland check out www.cypcs.org.uk/rights
Know your rights as a Young Carer
Young carers have the same rights as all children and young people in Scotland. You have the right to an education, you have the right to be safe and free from harm, the right to play and be sociable and the right to ask for help if you need it. Please see https://www.cypcs.org.uk/rights/picture to understand your rights has a child or young person.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is an important law that came into effect in April 2018. The law has been written to help young carers in Scotland. It will make sure that young carers are safe and able to carry out their caring roles. It is important that young carers are not doing too much caring, or caring that is inappropriate. This law will help make sure that young carers children’s rights are upheld so that you don’t miss out on school, social time and that your own health and wellbeing is looked after.
To make sure you are ok, safe and happy, young carers up to the age of 18 can ask to have a Young Carer Statement. This is a support plan that contains information about
How much caring you are doing and if you are able and willing to do it
What sort of care you do and is it appropriate for you to do it.
What help and support you need to make sure that you are healthy, safe and happy.
Other information about how you will be supported as a young carer.
Where do I go for a Young Carers Statement?
It will usually be your school who offers and prepares the young carer statement. They will agree with you when and how this will happen. Some young carers may only need a short simple plan where as others might have a more detailed plan.
We have created a handy template for schools to use, or you can write this up with your Community Link Worker at Connecting Young Carers. See the template here.