As a young carer, an assessment is basically your way to tell an adult you trust about your caring at home. The adult who works with you on your assessment might be able to help you with everything you need. However, if they can't, they might know other people who can.
Your assessment can be done by any other worker, for example social workers, MAST workers or someone from school or college. If you have not been offered an assessment and would like one, speak with someone in school or another professional you see often about getting an assessment. If you’re a professional working with someone you think may be a young carer, you can contact our Multi-Agency Support Teams and we may be able to support you in completing the assessment
The assessment form is designed to:
- involve the young carer in identifying their own needs and potential solutions
- reduce the caring responsibilities placed on the young carer and negative impacts of their caring
- inform your work with the young carer to achieve this
This assessment should be kept by you to inform your own work, drawing in additional support from other agencies where relevant.
Getting ready for the assessment
When you have your assessment your worker will ask questions about:
- you and your family
- the things you do as a carer
- how you feel about being a carer and how it may be affecting your life
And although it is not expected of you that you will have prepared in advance for the assessment, it would help you to think of all the extra things you do as a carer and in particular the amount of time you spend on each of them.
After the assessment
When the assessment is complete, you and your worker will agree a review date, which would be your opportunity to meet again and check that you are getting the help you need.
If you are not happy with the support you get after your assessment, you can ask for an advocate to help you with this.