This is the Lancaster family – Nicola and Ian have spent ten years looking after their severely-disabled child 24-7, their only break coming once a month, when he went to a respite centre for the weekend. Now the centre is closing, because there’s no #NHS money to run it – and this is not an isolated case….
Source: How Far Can NHS Cuts Go? – Paul Moss @BBCPaulMoss
This is indeed not an isolated incident and is not only related to Children’s Social Care and health services, but also to Adult Social Care and health services.
While there are needs for those children and adults who are in need of care and are entitled to Assessments of Needs, the Carers themselves also have needs and they are entitled to their own Carers Assessments for carers of children being * The Children and Families Act 2014 amends the Children Act 1989 and for carers of adults *The Care Act 2014. Here are some Care Act Factsheets.
When it comes to funding where needs have been assessed then that need should be provided and this should not be delayed pending disputes between social services and health.
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