You might not think of yourself as a carer, but being a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND can be tiring, stressful, and cause additional pressures such as financial issues and poor mental health. This page will tell you about the support you could get as an adult caring for a child or young person with SEND.
Eligibility for a carer's assessment
If you're an adult who is caring for a child or young person with SEND you may be eligible for a carer's assessment. Usually, this will be offered to you at the same time your child or young person is being assessed.
If this doesn't happen, as a parent or carer of a child or young person with SEND you have the right to ask for an assessment of your own needs.
How to request a carer's assessment
Contact Hertfordshire's 0-25 Together service by telephone to request an assessment, or speak directly to your social worker if you already have one.
0300 123 4043
The carer's assessment
This will usually be carried out by a social worker from the 0-25 Together team who will visit you in your home. The assessment will consider your needs, circumstances, and how your caring responsibilities impact the rest of your life.
You'll be asked questions which will be sent to you in advance by your social worker, so you'll have time to consider your answers. These will cover your caring role, your feelings about caring, your physical, mental and emotional health, and how caring affects your work, leisure, education, wider family and relationships.
After the carer's assessment
The assessment should work out how you can continue your caring role whilst also being supported to do the things that are important to you and your family. Because assessments are needs based, support will be tailored to suit you.
This might include:
information and advice about the support and services available in your community to help with your wellbeing and caring role.
Advice on how to prevent or delay things becoming more difficult in the future.
Working with you to develop a contingency plan to help you think about times when you might not be available to care and when plans change at short notice.
If the assessment identifies any unmet needs, you may be referred on to other services that can help. This could include gaining access to short break hours to provide respite, or being advised of any additional financial help you may be eligible for.