Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

Young Carers

Young carers are children/young people who care for family member(s) who:

– suffer from an illness
– have a disability
– have mental ill-health issues
– Suffer from substance misuse

Their caring role has an impact as they often take on practical and emotional caring responsibilities.  Under normal circumstances an adult would provide the care.

Download Getting it Right for Young Carers in Fife Strategy 2018-21

Supporting Documents and material for Getting it Right for Young Carers is available in Resources and Publications 



Getting it Right for Young Carers in Fife Summary – 2018-2021


The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The carers (Scotland) Act 2016 came into effect on 1st April 2018.  The Act places new duties to help identify and support adult and young carers. The Act defines a young carer as anyone who is under 18 years old, or over 18 years and still at school who is or intending to provide care.

The duties include:

  • Provide information, advice and advocacy support for young carers
  • Involve and consult young carers on a variety of matters that affect them
  • Duty to offer young carer statements
  • Duty to offer support


We have completed a full consultation with young carers and they have told us that the following are most important to them:

  • Sharing responsibility
  • Keeping connected
  • Balancing time
  • Being involved
  • Emotional wellbeing

These outcomes have been used to update ‘Getting it right for young carers in Fife’ local strategy and action plan.  This provides important information for all those working with children and young people in Fife and provides guidance on how to assess young carer’s needs and identify the right level of support.

See publications:

  • Full consultation on strategy

How do we implement this?

The Act promotes a preventative and early intervention approach and complements existing GIRFEC framework. (See flow chart in publications)

  • Provide universal support in our schools via notice boards and young carer champions, flexible time table options, mobile phone policy
  • Offer to provide a young carer statement with support from an adult identified by young carer (see publications)
  • Consider additional support in relation to accessing Time for me! fund and Authorisation cards. Link in with Fife Young Carers and other third sector agencies (see publications)
  • Consider intensive support in relation to requests for assistance to other agencies including Fife Young Carers

Short breaks information

Time for Me! Fund: This is to allow young carers to have a break from their caring responsibilities. Staff across services can support applications for up to £500 to help them follow their interests, take part in activities or events important to them.

Creative Breaks Fund: supports adult and young carers to take a short break from their caring role.  This is available via Fife Voluntary Action. See details below.

Fife Young Carers: is a registered charity which supports young carers throughout Fife. This service provides a variety of support to young carers. The type of support a young carer receives depends upon their individual circumstances. For example:

  • Day trips; group activities; and individual support
  • Young Carer’s Authorisation Card

You can find out more:  – search young carers – search The (Scotland) Carers Act – search Young Carers Scottish Alliance – Authorisation Cards – Creative Breaks



Local Information:

Fife Young Carers – 

Fife Carer Centre –

Homelands –

Crossroads –

Kindred –

Link Befriending-

On your Doorstep –

Enable Scotland –