Young Carers’ Needs Assessments

The purpose of a Young Carers’ Needs Assessment is to gather a full understanding of the young person’s caring role, how it is impacting them and whether it is preventing them from participating in important areas of their lives. The assessment should result in a detailed support plan for a young carer that identifies how their needs will be met through universal and community services. 

Parents of the young carer must be involved in the process of assessment, to ensure an accurate and comprehensive family picture is gathered. Assessments should be reviewed annually.

You can find more information about young carers’ rights in the Children and Families Act here and in the Care Act here

There is also a young person’s guide to the Children and Families Act here