Date lodged: 30 April 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on introducing an ID card for young carers, primarily to assist with collecting from pharmacies.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 8 May 2019
The Scottish Government supported piloting of young carer identification cards in six local authority areas in 2012. Based on the learning from these pilots, we offered all local authorities one-off grant funding to establish similar cards and recommended the ongoing costs were covered through previous Carer Information Strategy funding. It was made clear that this was a local decision. Some areas decided not to establish a card because of concerns they would be stigmatising.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society has published guidance in its Medicines, Ethics and Practice professional guide for pharmacists about children collecting medicines from a pharmacy, with one consideration being that the child may be a young carer: https://www.rpharms.com/resources/quick-reference-guides/children-collecting-medicines-from-a-pharmacy .