Carer’s Assessments are a way of identifying your needs as a carer by looking at how being a carer affects you, how much caring you can realistically do and any help you may need.

Anyone who provides or intends to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis has a legal right to a carer’s assessment. Once a carer has requested a carer’s assessment, the local council has a duty to carry one out. The Carers UK website and factsheet provides detailed information about Carer’s Assessments .

In April 2014, these rights are changing meaning that more carers will have a right to have an assessment.

The Children and Families Act 2014 will provide new rights for young carers as well as children and young people with special educational needs. It will also give new rights to parent caring for disabled children.


The Mental Capacity Act provides individuals and families of individuals to plan for future support needs that may arise due to the loss of mental capacity. The Carers UK website and factsheet provide detailed information.

The Care Act will be implemented from April 2014 and places greater duty on local authorities to conduct carer’s assessments and provide services to meet the needs of carers.

Employment based regulations are detailed in work and care reconciliation section and on the Carers UK website.