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The Care Act - Are we meeting the needs of young carers?

24 March 2015

The Care Act - Are we meeting the needs of young carers?Practice Tool - Young Carers Assessments: we are currently working on a new resource which will be published in September aimed at supporting practitioners and managers who are working with families where children and young people have a caring role.

The Care Act, building on the Children and Families Act, is changing the responsibilities that children and adult services hold towards young carers, and entitles young carers to an assessment of need for support. It sets out that assessments of adults must ensure the needs of the whole family are considered, and that adult services must be involved in planning support for young carers once they reach 18. Children’s services will also have a responsibility to assess young carers needs.

This means increased integration and consistency across children’s and adult services when assessing and working with young carers, and puts adult services in the position of delivering assessments and support in new areas.

Practice Tool - Young Carers Assessments

We are currently working on a new resource which will be published in September aimed at supporting practitioners and managers who are working with families where children and young people have a caring role.

This innovative and evidence-informed tool, led by Jo Aldridge, Professor of Social Policy and Criminology and Director of the Young Carers Research Group at Loughborough University, will draw on expertise from children’s services to support adults’ services colleagues in needs assessment with young people, and in turn will support children’s services colleagues to learn from the expertise of adult social care practitioners in undertaking carers’ assessments. It will draw on practice evidence from the initial implementation of The Care Act 2015.

Get involved in creating this high-quality, best practice resource for the sector

To assist with the development we’d like to hear how you currently assess carers’ needs. What are the biggest challenges you face when working to meet these needs and do you have examples of good practice to share?

Our aim is to get a clearer understanding of the realities of practice, to inform the development of the practice tool. Please get in touch for more information or to share your experience by emailing katherine.bishop@rip.org.uk. All responses will be confidential, unless you state otherwise.

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