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An assessment of your child should take into account the needs of
the rest of the faily. However, the aim of a carer's
assessment is to give you a chance to tell social services
about the things that could make looking after your child easier
for you. This may result in getting services to meet your own
A carer's assessment focuses on you as a parent and your needs,
your wellbeing, health and safety issues and important commitments
such as relationships, education and employment.
All parent carers have a right to ask for an assessment of their
needs at any time. This can be, for example, if your needs
have changed - you may wish to take up education, training or
employment. You can ask for a carer's assessment by contacting your
You don't need to have a diagnosis for your child to get an
assessment or help from social services - if your child needs help
or support, an assessment of their needs should still be made.
Our helpline team have written a
template letter to make a carer's assessment request (England only)
The local authority should consider work, education and leisure
opportunities when you are being assessed. Examples of services
that you might receive after a carer's assessment include driving
lessons, help with housework and gardening, emotional support and
Young carers - for example siblings of disabled children - can
ask for an assessment of their needs if they are providing a
substantial amount of care. In Scotland, young adult carers will
have this right from age 18 - 25. Ask your local authority to find
Young carers of school age can approach their teachers or school
nurse for support.
In England, the law says that assessment for a young carer is
triggered where there is an 'appearance of need'. That means it is
not necessary for the young person to request this, so any
assessment of you or your disabled child should take into account
any brothers or sisters and whether they are providing care.
If the local authority agrees that services should be provided,
they should draw up a plan that sets out:
The plan should be reviewed regularly to make sure any services
The local authority may decide there is no need for services,
which could result in your case being closed with no further action
taken. If you disagree with this decision, you can challenge it using the
local authority's complaints procedure.
If your child is turning 18, you might need support to prepare
for the transition to adult services. Under the Care Act 2014 in
England, you can ask for a child's carer's assessment 'in
Young carers who are approaching the age of 18 are eligible for
help in their own right under the Care Act. This is regardless of
the age of their sibling.
When a young carer approaches their 18th birthday, they can ask
for an assessment of their needs to find out what support can be
put in place to help them achieve their aspirations, for example to
go to college or work.
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