The Care Act 2014 and Children and Families Act 2014 both come into effect on 1 April 2015

The changes in legislation mean a social worker who comes into the home to assess the needs of a vulnerable person now has a duty to ask about how their care needs affects the rest of the family. This also means adult and child social care services will need to work in a joined up way.

We will make resources and training for local authorities available soon. Please check this site for updates.

What we do

As part of The Children's Society, we reach out to young carers from all communities through our national and local programmes, helping voluntary and statutory services supporting young carers. This group includes children and young people who care for parents or siblings who suffer from chronic illness or disability.

We also campaign for change and promote best practice with central and local government and work in partnership with social workers, teachers and health care professionals to deliver solutions that consider the needs of the whole family.

We achieve these pursuits through complimentary areas of work: