A carer's assessment is a way we can work out what support you can get as a carer.
Find out if you can get a carer's assessment
You're entitled to a carer's assessment as a parent of a child who is disabled. We usually complete a carer's assessment as part of our Child and Family Assessment. This can be:
- an Early Help Child and Family Assessment completed by a family worker
- a Social Care Child and Family Assessment completed by a social worker
The Child and Family Assessment will state the needs of your child as well as your needs as a parent carer.
We may ask you to complete a separate carer's assessment form first. You can write this yourself, or we can help you with this if you'd like us to. We will take this into consideration when we complete the Child and Family Assessment and the plan.
The plan may be called a Child's Plan or Child in Need Plan. It will set out what services we will provide to meet your child's needs and what services we'll provide to meet your needs as a parent carer.
Because we try to work in a joined-up way the plan will also state what needs can be met by other agencies such as NHS services or schools, and what needs can be met by parents and families. For example, your child may have additional day-to-day personal care needs which are right for you to meet yourself and we may support you by providing a regular break.
How to get a carer's assessment
Contact our Children's Advice and Duty (CHAD) service to ask for a carer's assessment: