If it's likely your child will need support from adult social care, the council must complete a transition assessment before the young person turns 18 years old.
If your child doesn't currently receive children’s social services, but may need services as an adult, you'll still need a transition assessment. This might happen if they have a degenerative condition or a mental health problem.
The parent/ caregiver or the young person can ask for an assessment. There is no specific age your child has to be to ask for an assessment, but guidance suggests that they should happen when it is easier to understand what their needs might be after the age of 18.
By law, your council must continue providing support through the assessment process, until:
- adult services are in place,
- or it is clear that adult care and support won't be provided.
Make sure that support doesn't stop until the care assessment is complete.
When an assessment is carried out, information should be given about whether your child is likely to have eligible needs for care and support when they turn 18 and an indication of the sort of support they can expect. If the local authority decides not to carry out an assessment, it must explain in writing why it has reached that decision and provide information and advice about what can be done to prevent or delay the development of care and support needs.
Local authorities have a responsibility to assess the needs for support for carers. This assessment should consider:
The impact of caring on you and what you want from life.
- Are you able or willing to carry on caring?
- Do you work or want to work?
- Do you want to study or do more socially?
When the assessment is complete, they must decide whether your needs are eligible for support. If they are, a support plan will be agreed, setting out how your needs will be met, e.g. help with housework, respite care etc.