Update- Children and Families Bill- this time, Young Carers!
For those of you who know me- you will know that I have been tooing and frowing to London and back from Sheffield- my home town. The subject of these meeting has been the recent change to the Care and Support Bill- which at this current time is just a draft. So, I hear you ask, what is this new Care and Support Draft Bill?? Well, it is a draft bill that has been presented to the government to try and get more support for adult and young carers-amongst other things. The part I play is regarding young carers-as I am a Young Carers Champion with the Children Society and a young carers representative in Sheffield with the VOYCE PG group- I will do a separate blog entry about VOYCE because it is worth knowing and reading and talking about!
ANYWAYS! This meeting which I attended on the 21st August 2013 was a workshop to try and establish how to simplify this quite large and complicated bit of legislation regarding young carers. So, I went to the Department of Education building (somewhere near St James Park tube station) and met with some people from the Department of Education, (which shall now be know as DfE) the Department of Health (which shall now be known as DfH, you get the picture) and others. We talked about the legislation for Young Carers which is under Section 17, and how to simplify it. It was a very constructive meeting where I got to learn what the legislation actually meant in Layman terms. I will give you a run down-
Under Section 17, part 17ZA- the legislation basically makes it the duty of the Local authority (LA) to give a young carer a 'Young Carers Assessment' which is an evaluation of what the young carer does and what support they need. This is to try and reduce the amount of 'inappropriate caring' the young carer (y.c) does. It still applies that the young carer can request an assessment be carried out and only 1 assessment is carried out unless the y.c family situation has changed.
That is a basic outline of the new legislation but most of the enforcement for these new laws is going to be under regs (regulations) and guidelines which the DfH and DfE are going to have a further meeting on.
The overall message was that ministers seem very encouraging and passionate about the new Care bill. So that was my little visit down to London for the day! And then I had a pot of tea and caught the train. I could get used to this commuting malarky!
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