A carer’s assessment will give you the chance to discuss how caring affects your life and find out about support services, emergency help, breaks and financial help to support your wellbeing and help you continue caring.
They will put you in touch with free support services, and you may be eligible to receive a Personal Budget which you can spend on things that make caring easier, or practical support, such as short breaks.
If you are a young carer yourself, or a parent caring for a disabled child, you have similar rights to support under the Children and Families Act, not the new Care Act. The Department for Education will soon be publishing further information on the rights of parent carers and young carers and how councils should support them.
If you or the person you are caring for is about to reach the age of 18, you will be able to get a transition assessment, which will let you know whether you or they are likely to be eligible for support as an adult caring for another adult.