Parent Carer(s) Assessments For parents who are providing care for a disabled child for whom they have parental responsibility. They have a right to an assessment under the Children and Families Act 2014. This is called a parent carer’s needs assessment and is intended to support parents in their caring role.
Eligibility for an assessment includes parents who are:
undertaking a multiple caring role for a disabled child and elderly parents, for example.
NB where the child is known to the Children’s Disability team the parents’ needs will be considered as part of the assessment of the child. The assessment will ask questions about how caring is affecting the parent carer’s health and wellbeing and what support may be available. As part of the assessment, information about other services and ideas to support the caring role can be provided.
Parent carer assessment examples: Chloe is caring for her children ages (15), and (13). The older one has an Education, Health Care Plan and the youngest has been referred to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for support. Chloe is struggling financially and her partner has recently moved out. She completed an online self assessment and the following information and support was offered: