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Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 9 - Content of adult carer support plan

27.Subsection (1) sets out what information the adult carer support plan must contain, namely information about—

  • the adult carer’s personal circumstances at the time of preparation of the plan;

  • the extent to which the adult carer is able and willing to provide care for the cared-for person; whether the adult carer has arrangements in place for the provision of care to the cared-for person in an emergency;

  • information on whether the adult carer has any arrangements in place for the future care of the cared-for person;

  • the adult carer’s personal outcomes identified in the adult carer support plan process;

  • the adult carer’s needs for support, included any needs identified in the adult carer support plan process, to meet those outcomes. If no needs are identified, this should be stated;

  • the support available to adult carers and the cared-for persons in the area of the responsible local authority;

  • information about the support available to adult carers in the area where the adult carer resides if the adult carer does not reside in the responsible local authority’s area;

  • the support that the responsible local authority provides or intends to provide to the adult carer to meet such of the adult carer’s identified needs as meet the local eligibility criteria (set under Part 3 of the Act);

  • the support the responsible local authority provides or intends to provide to the adult carer to meet the adult carer’s other identified needs (that is, the identified needs that do not meet the local eligibility criteria but which the responsible local authority nevertheless plans to meet by virtue of section 24(4)(b));

  • whether support provided should take the form of a break from caring for the cared-for person; and

  • the circumstances in which the plan is to be reviewed.

28.Subsection (2) provides that the second and subsequent adult carer support plan prepared for a carer must contain information on the extent to which any support provided under a previous plan has assisted in achieving the carer’s identified personal outcomes.

29.Subsection (3) gives the Scottish Ministers power to make regulations about any other information an adult carer support plan must (or must not) contain, and the form adult carer support plans should take. Such regulations will be subject to the negative procedure (see section 42).

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