Adult and Young Carers Assessments
Adult Carers Assessments
An adult carer has the right to be involved in an assessment of the person they care for to ensure their views are taken into account when decisions are made about the care and support the cared for person needs, but they also have to the right to an assessment of their own.
Carer’s assessments are for adult carers of adults (over 18 years) who are disabled, ill or elderly.
The local authority is responsible for carrying out and providing assessments if a carer appears to have a need for support, but they can arrange for other organisations to carry out this function.
From April 2017 the duty to carry out Carers Assessments for carers over 18 years old has been delegated to Sheffield Carers Centre www.sheffieldcarers.org.uk.
However, there is an exception to this: at present, if the person you care for receives a social care package from one of the mental health teams within Sheffield Health and Social Care Trust, then the Trust remains responsible for completing your carers assessment.
Young Carers Assessments
The Children and Families Act 2014 gives young carers the right to an assessment for the first time. Sheffield Young Carers and Sheffield City Council have produced a local Young Carers Needs Assessment www.sheffield.gov.uk/caresupport/carers/youngcarers/needs-assessment.html
Young carers approaching the age of 18 may be assessed under the Care Act if it is felt that this would be beneficial for meeting their future needs as an adult.
Please see the carers assessment leaflet for more information: Carers Assessments