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The Children and Families Act 2014 gives young carers a right to a carer's assessment and to have their needs met.

The Care Act and the Children and Families Act together should ensure that the needs of the whole family are met and inappropriate caring for young people is prevented or reduced. 

The rights of parent carers have also been addressed within the Children and Families Act. A local council has a duty to provide an assessment to a carer of a disabled child aged under 18 if it appears that the parent carer has needs, or the parent carer requests an assessment.

See our briefing on the Children and Families Act and its key provisions for young carers, young adult carers and their families. You can also read an overview of the rights for young carers and young adult carers and their families in both the Care Act and the Children and Families Act.

Further information can be found by visiting young carers and parent sections of the Children and Families Act. 

Also see Regulations and guidance for the Children and Families Act.

The Care Act - one year on

A year on from the introduction of the Care Act in England (on the 1 April 2015) our review shows that the new law has made little difference to England's unpaid carers

Find out more about The Care Act - one year on.