All parent carers have a right to ask for an assessment of their needs at any time. 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 or direct payments to meet your own assessed needs.
A carer’s assessment focuses on you as a parent and your needs. Social services should discuss issues like the help you need, and whether there is anyone else who helps or if you are your child’s only carer.
The carer’s assessment should also consider your wellbeing, including health and safety issues, and important commitments like relationships and employment.
Click on the links below to apply or to find out more information regarding the process and payments.
There are also some links to Carer Support Groups.