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Young people who look after a relative may benefit from a children's assessment, after which they may be able to receive additional support. The kinds of services that may be offered include:
Other services may be provided such as advice and guidance, laundry services and financial help in exceptional circumstances.
The initial assessment addresses three issues. These are:
An initial assessment may include interviews with the young person, the person being cared for and the rest of the immediate family, and information gathering from other agencies (the family doctor, teachers etc) where appropriate.
This could be followed by a 'core assessment' which is more in-depth. This would involve liaising with other agencies or individuals, who would contribute specialist knowledge or undertake specialist assessments.
A social worker will usually come to your home to talk to young person who is a carer and their parents or guardians. They should ask for information about the young person, for example, their health, emotional, social and behavioural development, their family and social relationships, and their progress and achievement in learning.
As well as the young person's disability and health needs, the social worker should also consider other aspects of the young person's life, for example, education and religious or cultural needs.
The assessment should focus on the circumstances of both the young person and the rest of the family.
Depending on where you live, your local council will have different contact details and criteria for assessments:-
Access To Children's Services TeamAddress: 4 Frampton Street, NW8 8LFTel: 0207 641 4000Email: AccesstoChildrensServices@westminster.gov.uk
Family and Children's ServicesTel: 020 7361 3013Fax: 020 7361 2078Email: email@example.com
Family Services front door serviceAddress: Ground Floor, 145 King St, Hammersmith, W6 9XYTel: 0208 753 6600Fax: 0208 753 4209Email: Familyservices@lbhf.gov.ukOut of hours service: 020 8748 8588