Carers UK has been campaigning hard for parents caring for disabledÂ children to be included in new rights which will make it easier for carersÂ to be assessed and supported.
As new care legislation completes its finalÂ stages in Parliament in the coming days, Carers UK areÂ delighted to say that they’veÂ secured the publication of an amendment which marks a real victory forÂ parent carers.
The Government has agreed to an amendment which will be discussed at theÂ Third Reading of the Children and Families Bill tomorrow. Debate will start after 3.30 pm and you can watch on Parliament Live.Â The Government’Â€Â™s decision to introduce this change is an historic momentÂ for the rights of parent carers.
Caring for a disabled child can take a huge toll on parents’ health andÂ wellbeing. Because of these proposed changes, local authorities will nowÂ have a duty to promote the wellbeing of parent carers when they look atÂ the needs of families with disabled children.
For a long time it looked like parent carers would be left behind withÂ lesser rights to assessment and support so we are delighted that theÂ Government has listened and is taking the opportunity to recognise theÂ huge impact that caring for a disabled child can have.
Carers UK worked with MPs and Peers to argue in debates on both the Care BillÂ and the Children and Families Bill to get improved rights for parentÂ carers. They’ve gathered evidence from our members, posed ParliamentaryÂ questions, held media interviews, orchestrated letters from carer andÂ disability charities and attended meetings with Ministers in bothÂ departments.
They’Â€Â™ve also worked closely with parent carers, including representativesÂ from the National Network of Parent Carer Forums; Caroline Temple-Bird,Â Sarah Thomas and Sherann Hillman.
As the Care Bill streamlines and strengthens the rights of other carers,Â clarifying local authority responsibilities for assessing their needs andÂ promoting their wellbeing, the Children and Families Bill will now do theÂ same for parent carers.
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