If you are a parent carer of a child with a disability and have parental responsibility, you have the right to request a parent carer needs assessment (Children and Families Act 2014). The assessment will consider:
Your individual needs as a parent carer
Things that could make looking after your child easier for you
Your wellbeing* as a parent carer
The need to safeguard and promote the welfare of your disabled child
The need to safeguard and promote the welfare of any other children that you care for
We must assess parent carers if:
It appears to us that the parent carer may have need for support, or
We receive a request from the parent carer to assess their need for support
We would not do a parent carer needs assessment if:
Your child has an allocated social worker
Your needs would be considered within a social work assessment for your child.
What support might a parent carer and family get?
The assessment will consider your needs as a parent carer, but it will not lead to a direct service or budget for a service. It will help identify support available for you and your family, from our other departments or other local agencies.
Examples of support
You may feel that the needs of your child with a disability impacts on your other children, and that you are unable to offer them the time and attention you would like. The plan may identify a referral to young carers, where they can meet with other young people who have a sibling with a disability
If you have health or mental health needs, a referral could be made to our adult services for support in your own right
You may feel that you would benefit from your child with a disability attending activities outside the home. This would allow them to have new experiences and allow you to have a break from your caring role. An application for short breaks might be appropriate
Request a parent carer needs assessment
Our short breaks team currently handles all requests and assessments.
Send to: Children’s Services, Short Breaks Team, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 2DL
If you are unable to download and complete the form, email your name, address, telephone number and details of your child/children with a disability. Let us know a convenient time to call you back between 9am - 5pm.
All requests and assessments will be recorded and stored electronically under your child’s name.
The assessment process
We will call you back within five working days, to discuss how you would like to complete the assessment. This could be by telephone or a face-to-face meeting at a location convenient to you.
You could also complete the parent needs assessment form yourself.
The assessment form has two parts:
The first section asks for details of the additional caring responsibilities you have, as a parent of a child with a disability
The second section considers the impact of these caring responsibilities on you