Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000

Carers And Disabled Children Act 2000

The Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 is a 2000 United Kingdom Act of Parliament in the relationship between Carers and disabled children.

1. The Carers National Strategy document "Caring about Carers", published on 8 February 1999 highlighted the need for legislation to enable local Councils with social service responsibilities to provide services direct to carers.

2. The Government's aim is to support carers in their caring roles and to help them maintain their own health and well-being.

3. To meet these aims the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 that came into force on 1 April 2001 gives local councils the power to supply certain services direct to carers following assessment. There is also a new right to a carer's assessment even where the person cared for has refused an assessment for, or the provision of, community care services.

4. Persons with parental responsibility for a disabled child (parents or other carers) also have a right to ask for an assessment.

5. The Government has given local councils the power to make direct payments to carers (including 16 and 17 year old carers receiving support under the Act) to meet their own assessed needs.

6. Local councils may also make direct payments to parents of a disabled child to purchase services to meet the assessed needs of the disabled child and family. In addition councils may make direct payments to 16 and 17 year old disabled young people.

Read more about Carers And Disabled Children Act 2000:  Direct Payments To Adolescents, Direct Payments For Young Disabled People

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