Carer’s assessments in England: What are they and how do you get one?

Thursday 1 October 2020

Many disabled children and their families rely on support from social care, such as short breaks, personal care and help in the home. All parent carers in England have the right to ask for a carer’s assessment – a review of your needs.  

What happens at a carer’s assessment?

A carer’s assessment gives you a chance to tell social services about the things that could make looking after your child easier for you. They give you the opportunity to discuss issues like the help you need and whether there is anyone else who helps or if you are your child’s only carer, and may help you get the services or direct payments you need.

Join us for a Facebook Q&A – Thursday 8 October from 10am-12noon

Many families we talk to are unaware of these rights, and this can lead to missing out and struggling without support. That’s why we’re inviting you to ask our helpline parent advisers your questions about carer’s assessments  at a special Q&A session on our Facebook page on Thursday 8 October from 10am-12noon.

Find out:

  • how to ask for an assessment of your family’s needs, so you can access help
  • what services may be provided in your caring role and help with wellbeing.

Can’t make 8 October?

Our factsheet Carer’s Assessments – help for parent carers in England takes you through the process and has suggestions about some of the ways you and your child can be helped.

Our comprehensive guide to Services and support from your local authority – England has information about all the support you and your child may be entitled to from social services in England.

Once our session’s finished, you’ll be able to read through all the answers at a time that suits you.