Care Act 2014

Care Act Support for Prisoners

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Care and support in England is changing for the better and the Care Act is helping to make care and support more consistent across the country.

'Care and support' is the term which describes the help some adults need to live as well as possible with any illness or disability they may have. It can include help with things like washing, dressing, eating, getting out and about and keeping in touch with friends and family.

If you receive care and support, or you support someone as a carer, you could benefit from the changes.

Why does the Care Act mention prisoners?

For prisoners and others who live in approved premises such as bail hostels, social care services can support rehabilitation. This can make a big difference to a person’s health, their wellbeing and the likelihood of reoffending, making it much easier for them to rebuild their life after release. The new Care Act says that if a person meets particular criteria, the prison’s or approved premises’ local council must provide their care and support.

What does the Care Act say about care and support for prisoners?

Just like anyone else, prisoners and people in approved premises who can afford to must pay part or the full cost of their care. If a prisoner receiving care and support moves to another prison, the Care Act will make sure that their care and support continues. The council may also assess the new or continuing help a person will need when they are released into the community.

Is support for prisoners or people in approved premises different from the help given to those in the community?

If you would like any additional information, please speak to our Gateway to Care Team on 01422 393000 who will be happy to help.

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Last Updated: 04/05/2016