Chain Links

Legislation and national guidance for best practice for Carer support is provided by the UK government and organisations such as the National Institute for Care Excellence (NICE). 

Carer specific provisions have been mainstreamed in Government legislation with the following examples being some of the most significant: 

The Care Act 2014 

The Act outlines key components that local authorities must act or take into consideration when they come into contact with carers: 

Wellbeing Duty – The ‘wellbeing principle’ is an overarching approach that local authorities should take when exercising their responsibilities under the Act. Wellbeing covers a range of outcomes such as physical and mental and emotional wellbeing. It also covers participation in work, education and training and social and economic wellbeing.  

Prevention Duty – The Act requires local authorities to provide information and advice relating to care and support locally. The requirement is that local authorities provide an information and advice service in relation to care and support for adults, and support for carers. This information can include types of care and support, the providers people can  choose from, how to access care and support and how to raise concerns about safeguarding etc. 

For more information you can visit:

Full: Care Act 2014 (

Factsheets: Care Act factsheets – GOV.UK (

For Carers: Care Act FAQ – Carers UK


This organisation provides evidence-based recommendations developed by independent committees, including professionals and lay members, and consulted on by stakeholders. 

Main: NICE | The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

Supporting Adult Carers: Overview | Guidance | NICE

Supporting Adult Carers: Overview | Quality standards | NICE

CQC Standards

The CQC is the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England. 

They make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve. 

They monitor, inspect, and regulate services. The CQC publish their findings including performance ratings, to help people choose care. Where they find poor care, we will use their powers to take action.  

Main: The fundamental standards – Care Quality Commission (

For Carers: Care standards and the CQC – Carers UK

The Equality Act 2010 

If you are looking after someone who is elderly or disabled, the law – under the Equality Act 2010 – will protect you against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities. 

Main: Equality Act 2010 (

Carers UK provide more information on how the Equality Act 2010 applies to Carers: Carers UK – Equality Act 2010 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 

How MCA affects family, friends, and unpaid carers 

The Act protects your rights and is relevant to anyone who has a relative or friend who may lack capacity. It covers major decisions about someone’s property and financial affairs, health, and welfare and where they live. 

Carers UK provides more information and links to the Mental Capacity Act Code of Practice published by the UK Government: Carers UK | Mental Capacity Act