Young Carer’s Assessment
Did you know all young carers have the legal right to ask for a Young Carer’s Assessment, to consider the impact the care and support you provide is having on your own wellbeing?
Being a young carer can affect your physical and emotional health and impact on your education or training. The assessment will also look at other aspects of your life, like education, training, your leisure time such as if you get a chance to play sport or see friends, and discuss what support would help you.
Why ask for an assessment?
If someone in your family needs to be looked after, you may really want to help them. But as a young carer, you shouldn’t be doing the same things as adult carers. Nor should you be spending a lot of your time caring for someone, as this can get in the way of you doing well at school and doing the same kinds of things as other children or young people.
Through a Young Carer Assessment, you can decide how much and what type of care you’re willing or able to give, or whether you should be a carer at all. You can decide whether you’re the right person to offer the care needed by the person you look after and what support you need the council to put in place to help you.
What are the benefits of an assessment?
An assessment can result in you accessing:
- Support to help you look after the person you care for
- Support for your wellbeing
- Someone you can talk to
- Carer social clubs and activities giving you valuable respite time from your role where you can also meet others your age in similar situations
- Support in school or college
- Support with your homework
- More time for sport or other leisure activities
Who is involved in the assessment?
When conducting a young carer’s needs assessment, it must involve:
- The young carer
- The young carer’s parents
- Any person whom the young carer or their parents request be involved
What will happen during the assessment?
During the assessment the local authority will determine the following:
- The amount, nature and type of care you provide
- The extent to which this care is relied upon by your family to maintain the well-being of the person cared for
- Whether the care you provide impacts upon your well-being, education and development
- Whether any of the tasks which you perform are excessive or inappropriate to perform, in particular for your age, gender, wishes and feelings
- Whether it is appropriate for you to provide care for the person you care for
- What your support needs are
How do I get a young carers assessment?
If you live in Bedford Borough
Carers in Bedfordshire carry this out as a matter of course. If you are not registered with us already then do so by completing our online registration form. To speak to the Young Carers Team email email@example.com or call 0300 111 1919.
If you live in Central Bedfordshire
Central Bedfordshire Council will carry out the assessment. You will need to contact the council’s Access and Referral Hub on 0300 300 8585 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and ask for a Young Carer’s Assessment.
Things to remember
Some local councils may carry out a joint Family Assessment, instead of a separate Young Carer Assessment. If this is the case, be sure afterwards you felt it focused enough on addressing your needs as a young carer. You can, if need be, request a separate assessment as stated in the Children and Families Act 2014.
You can find out your rights when it comes to Carer’s Assessments in this Carers UK factsheet.
Transition Assessments for young carers aged 16 and 17
Young Carers aged 16 and 17 are entitled to a Transition Assessment, to consider if your support needs are changing as you approach adulthood.