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Sheila will try to answer as many of your English Social Care questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

18th August 2020

Can next of kin ask to see their parent’s care plan?

Can next of kin ask to see their parents care plan?

Dear S,

Person centre care planning involves the service user and anyone who they feel is important to them. It’s important to understand the legal aspect however when referring to ‘next of kin’ The term next of kin is used but a next of kin has no legal powers, rights or responsibilities. They cannot give consent for providing or withholding any treatment or care. In terms of being able to see their parents care plan, it is up to the service user who can see this and they must give consent to share this information. If a service user does not have the capacity to consent and there is a Health and welfare lasting power of attorney, they are legally able to make decisions about care and day to day personal routine.


*All information is correct at the time of publishing.


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Sheila Scott OBE from National Care Association (NCA). Care is Sheila’s life; she possesses a strong command of the issues facing the care sector informed by her long career as a nursing professional, the owner and manager of a care business and as a leader in the care sector.

Sheila will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends.

Please note that Sheila can not offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC.








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