On this page, you will find the learning arising from the Making a step change for young carers and their families: Putting it into practice project related to the theme of Assessment, including key messages, tools and resources.
The Children and Families Act 2014 amended the Children Act to make it easier for young carers to get an assessment of their needs and to introduce ‘whole family’ approaches to assessment and support. Local authorities must offer an assessment where it appears that a child is involved in providing care. Here are some examples of assessment tools that could make up a part of an overall whole family approach to assessment. This guidance has been compiled by Carers Trust and The Children’s Society as part of the Making a step change: Putting it into practice programme.
Read our briefing on Identification and Assessment Pathways.
Webinars & Videos
Video: Promoting engagement through age appropriate young carers assessments
Michelle Harper from Surrey Young Carers speaks about their commitment to involving young carers in every aspect of their service, which resulted in the creation of age appropriate young carers assessments.
Video: Whole family working for young carers
Tracey Hamilton from Eastern Ravens Trust in Stockton-on-Tees shares their practice of offering whole family assessments to identify gaps in support.
Assessment for young carers and measuring impact and outcomes
This workshop reviews the legislation around assessments and provides practical tools for measuring the impact of the legislation and the outcomes for young carers and their families.
Common Assessment Framework (CAF)