Please download a referral form here Link to download Carers Hub Referral Form. You can also call, email or give the carer our details so they can self refer.
You can find our contact information here.
We have a dedicated member for staff for mental health carers, and learning disability carers. We also run an older carers project, encouraging peer support and a young carers project. You can meet the team and view each service’s page here.
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Carers Legal Rights
This covers the key legislation and Government policy applying to carers. Here you can find out what legal rights carers’ have and what Government would like statutory organisations to do for carers in England. Link to page
Click here to view brief overview of Acts of Parliament that are relevant to carers.
Carers Assessments are not carried out by Help for Carers Lambeth. Assessments are carried out by social work or if the carer is involved with the SLAM services, they will be the body that carries out the assessment.
A carers’ assessment gives carers the opportunity to say what could help them with their caring role. Carers have a legal right to an assessment.
All professionals who are in contact with any carer, or who meet new carers, should ensure that they are given the option to have this formal opportunity to talk about their needs. This is a statutory obligation for social care and other council staff.
If a carer says they do not want an assessment, find out why. It may be that they cannot see the point, do not understand what is on offer, or don’t feel comfortable talking about their needs (as opposed to those of the person they care for). You must be able to explain to them why a formal conversation about their needs for support might be valuable to them and not just another pointless bureaucratic process.
Having their own assessment allows the carer to meet with a social worker or health worker to:
- look at what help they need to support them as a carer
- find out what help and support may be available
- make a decision about the future
Resources for professionals
There is a wealth of online information available. The links below cover the main issues.
Information from the Carers Trust: http://professionals.carers.org/
Information from Carers UK: http://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals
A guide to Respite and Carers Breaks in Mental Health Care for professionals and carers