YOUNG CARERS ASSESSMENTS
Our Young Carers Service are now able to do Young Carers Assessments with any young carer aged between 5 and 17 years old. People aged 18 or over can have an adult carers assessment via our adult team at the library.
If you or your parents request it we will carry out a young carer's assessment.
This assessment is different from the one adult carers have. It'll decide what kind of help you and your family might need.
A young carer's assessment can determine whether it's appropriate for you to care for someone else, and takes into account whether you want to be a carer.
We will also look into how caring is effecting your education, training, leisure opportunities and views about your future.
As part of the assessment, we will ask about your wishes and involve you, your parents and anyone else you want to be involved.
You will then receive a copy of the completed assessment. This will include whether the council thinks you need support, whether their services could provide you with it, and whether they'll give you it.
It should also explain what you can do if you or your parents disagree with the assessment.
If you and the person you care for both agree, the local council can assess your needs as a young carer and the needs of the person you care for at the same time.
If you're 16 or over and not in full-time education, you may be eligible for help finding work, as well as with your family's finances (for instance, through benefits such as Carer's Allowance.
Getting an assessment is the best way to find out what's available in your situation.