It is vital for a person with care needs that carers are fully involved and their input valued in any assessment process, to maintain an accurate picture of need.
Allow carers legal rights to be classed as 'specialist advisers' when advising about the needs of the people we care for, particulary longterm carers. We are the people that know how to care and the needs involved. Social services need to be instructed to take full account of the advice given about care requirements. At the moment even when someone has been caring for 20+ years social services show a complete disregaurd for the advice given, always deeming that they know best when they have met a person once or twice.