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On this page you will find information on rights for adults and older people, carers, families, children and young people. Plus, scroll down the page for a library of other useful links.

Children & young people's rights

Children & Young People's Rights

The links in this section apply to recipients under the age of 25 and refer to Children and Families legislation.

Introduction to the Children and Families Act 2014

Since September 2014 there have been changes to the way children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are supported. This factsheet for parents, produced by Contact a Family, summarises the legislation and what the SEND reforms mean.

Get Your Rights

A helpful website with a focus on advising young people about their rights in relation to health care, by the Council for Disabled Children (CDC) and the National Children's Bureau (NCB).

Requesting an assessment - changes under the Care Act

The Care Act 2014 means that from April 2015, your local council has changed the way in which it completes an assessment with a member of the public when deciding whether that person will be eligible for care and support from the council. Produced by People First, this accessible page outlines the assessment process, what has changed, and includes links to useful information.

SENDirect

SENDirect has worked in partnership with other organisations to bring together and create information to help support children, young people, parents, families and professionals. It includes a wealth of information, from your rights under existing laws to managing a personal budget and how to choose the right service.

Problem-Solving Toolkit

This toolkit by Cerebra aims to support disabled people and carers, as well as their families and advisers, who are encountering difficulties with the statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services. It will help to unpick these problems and develop effective strategies for resolving them.

EHC Plan Checklist

Produced by Independent Parental Special Education Advice (IPSEA), this checklist outlines what legally must be included as a minimum in any Education Health and Care Plan issued by a Local Authority under Part 3 of the Children & Families Act 2014 (section 37) and the SEN Code of Practice when they are implemented. The checklist is also based on the SEN Regulations and SEN Code of Practice.

Preparing for Adulthood: A Good Practice Toolkit

This guide focuses on young people, aged 14-25, who are preparing for adulthood. It aims to help people use person-centred approaches when developing Education, Health and Care Plans and carry out transfer reviews. It also sets out their responsibilities for the new preparing for adulthood reviews and gives practical ideas on how to support young people to participate fully in planning their lives and achieve better outcomes as they move into adulthood.

Personal Budgets for Post-16 Provision and FE Colleges

Produced by Preparing for Adulthood, this fact sheet gives examples and scenarios of how personal budgets can be implemented in further education colleges and post-16 provision.

Adults' rights

Adults' Rights

The links in this section apply to recipients over the age of 18 and refer to Care Act legislation.

What does the Care Act mean for me?

Written specifically for older people, this accessible fact sheet looks at getting social care support under the new law in England.

Key messages of the Care Act

Produced by In Control, these key messages are a useful summary of the things your local authority should have told you about the care act. The document includes the responsibilities local authorities have regarding assessment, eligibility decisions, the definition of and entitlement to personal budgets, and the control people should enjoy over their support.

Requesting an assessment - changes under the Care Act

The Care Act 2014 means that from April 2015, your local council has changed the way in which it completes an assessment with a member of the public when deciding whether that person will be eligible for care and support from the council. Produced by People First, this accessible page outlines the assessment process, what has changed, and includes links to useful information.

Carers' rights

Carers' Rights

Care Act FAQ For Carers

Produced by Carers UK, this page contains a wealth of information on the Care Act 2014 and how it applies to carers in England, including rights and entitlement.

Carer's assessment

Produced by Which, this free carer's assessment gives unpaid carers the opportunity to receive support either as part of the needs assessment of your relative or according to your own needs. It also explains the differences that the Care Act 2014 changes have made.

Library of useful information

Library of information

Adults & Older People

Getting the right care and support for you

This Department of Health leaflet provides a brief overview of the Care Act for recipients.

Care Act Part 1 Fact Sheets

These factsheets by the Department of Health accompany Part 1 of the Care Act and reflect changes made to the Care Act statutory guidance in March 2016. They also include the duties and powers of local authorities under the Act.

Information and Advice: Care Act 2014

This presentation by the Department of Health provides information and advice on the Care Act, covering the duty of local authorities.

What is the Care Act?

The Care Act changes the way councils, care providers and user organisations work. It changes peoples roles in the delivery of care, and the expectations and duties placed on people. A short introductory video to the Care Act, predominantly aimed at staff, made by Skills For Care.

Care Act Overview Course

CPD-accredited training on the Care Act by the Social Care Institute for Excellence, including wellbeing principles and duties of local authorities. Contains valuable information on strength-based and person-centred assessments.

Guide to the Care Act 2014 and the implications for providers

Produced by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), this guide for providers sets out the implications of the Care Act for them.

Care and Support Statutory Guidance

Produced by the Department of Health, this provides statutory guidance and the legal framework issued under the Care Act 2014.

Care Act Fact Sheets

Produced by the Department of Health, these thirteen fact sheets reflect changes made to the Care Act statutory guidance in March 2016.

Care Act 2014 Guidance

Produced by Think Local Act Personal, this professional resource provides useful information about the Care Act 2014.

Care Act Statutory Guidance

A response from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Service (ADASS) in relation to information and advice on the Care Act 2014.

Care Act 2014 Legislation

Legal guidance on the general responsibilities of local authorities in regards to the Care Act 2014.

What the Care Act 2014 means for social workers

The draft statutory guidance for the Care Act 2014 provides a blueprint for how councils should implement the legislation in April 2015 and how they should deploy social workers and other staff in doing so. Aimed at professionals, this page sets out some of the key provisions for social workers and what the draft guidance has to say about their role.

Social Workers and the Care Act 2014

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is highlighting a risk of the principles of the Care Act being lost due to patchy training for social workers. This page is aimed at professionals.

Making the case for integrated, impartial information and advice about housing and care for older people

One of the few resources on this theme, this report looks at how housing factors play a critical role in determining health, well-being, independence, and interaction with the wider community. The report is aimed at service planners, commissioners and providers to support integrated information and advice solutions that offer joined up help for older people, their families and carers, whilst giving the best possible value to both commissioners and providers across health, housing, and social care.

A practical guide to implementing the Care Act for deafblind people

Produced by Sense, this guide is intended to support professionals, senior managers and policymakers involved in implementing the Care Act, to enable them to understand the key aspects of the Act that have a bearing on care and support for deafblind people and people with complex needs. It will also be useful to anyone working in deafblind care and support to understand how the Care Act will impact on their work.

Information, advice and brokerage

Geared towards implementation and best practice, this information and advice by Think Local Act Personal can help people find ways to meet their support needs and reduce reliance on formal services.

Children & Families

The young person's guide to the Children and Families Act 2014

Aimed at young people, this guide summarises the key points of the Children and Families Act 2014 in accessible language, including the changes the Act makes.

Children and Families Act 2014

Read the Children and Families Act 2014 in full. An Act to make provision about children, families, and people with special educational needs or disabilities; to make provision about the right to request flexible working; and for connected purposes.

The Children and Families Act 2014 Part 3: Children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities

Produced by the Council for Disabled Children, this summary of the Children and Families Act 2014 is aimed at health professionals to highlight and explain the most significant requirements of the new legislation.

Using the Children and Families Act 2014 to improve outcomes for children and young people with SEN and disability: a briefing for health services

Produced by the Council for Disabled Children, this briefing highlights the key reforms in the Children and Families Act 2014 and some of the key issues professionals in health services should be addressing as they prepare for the implementation of the reforms.

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network

The Information, Advice and Support Services Network (IASS Network) supports and promotes the work of Information, Advice and Support (IAS) Services across England. IAS Services have a duty to provide information, advice and support to disabled children and young people, and those with SEN, and their parents. They are statutory services which means there has to be one in every local authority.

Get in on the Act

This publication aims to provide readers with an introduction to the Children and Families Act 2014 and summarises the main issues and principles of relevance to local government within it. It highlights the role of the Local Government Association (LGA) and summarises the implications for local authorities.

Children and Families Act Briefing

Produced by Families Need Fathers (FNF), this guide focuses on the changes to the Children and Families Act regarding family justice court and private family law, and the implications for parents, especially fathers.

SEN and the Law: Education Rights Fact Sheet Series

The Downs Syndrome Association offers a range of fact sheets with specific emphasis on education rights for young people and families, including: Young People over 16 with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), School Transport, Transfer Reviews, and Education, Health and Care Needs Assessments.

Moving House with Special Needs Kids - A Guide for Parents

When moving house with a special needs child, it's important you make the transition as smooth as possible by taking a number of things into consideration before and during the move. This page includes tips to help with the moving process, ensuring that your child's needs are met throughout.

Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive

This page includes tips regarding home modifications for children with disabilities (whether in a wheelchair, visiual impairments or sensory difficulties) to ensure your home is a place where your child is safe, comfortable and thriving.

Last Updated : 07 July 2017. Page Author: philippa.barker.