phone 0800 011 3200
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
chat service

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 that is the primary law supporting unpaid carers in Scotland. The act makes it easier for local authorities to identify those who need support in their caring roles and for people to access support when they need it.

Carer's assessments

Under the act local authorities are responsible for providing assessments that focus on how the caring role affects the person providing care.

There are 2 types of carer assessment:

  • young carer statements for young carers under 18
  • adult carer support plans for adults

These assessments ensure that carers needs are identified and there is a plan in place for how they will be supported.

Further information

The information was last updated on: 27th August 2020


How could we improve this website or this page? Please tell us your thoughts.

Find my council

Most care services are coordinated through regional councils and...further text to explain the importance of council and care serve provision/funding.

Find my council

You can contact your local council's social care department for a free assessment. Find their details here.

Scottish Government Scottish NHS