A young carer assessment is a way for you to talk about the caring you do and to get support from your local council.
If you care for someone and you are 17 or younger, you have a right to a young carer assessment, no matter how much time you spend caring.
In Scotland, you can also get a young carer statement.
Some areas will have a young carer card, which can make it easier to get support.
If you need help with referrals, you can text a Sidekick coach.
You may have to wait a few weeks, but you will get an invite to a young carers assessment.
It can happen at home, online, or at a young carer centre. You can tell them what you prefer.
You will speak to a worker who understands what it’s like being a young carer. They could be from your local council or young carer service.
They will ask you about:
Your parent(s) and/or the person you care for may be asked questions too.
Don’t worry – it’s not a test of how well you care for someone but more about how you feel about it.
The worker will write up what you discussed. Then they will let you know if you can get support.
If you are under 18, your parents will get a copy of your assessment.
They should tell you the reason why, normally in writing. If your circumstances change, you can have another assessment in the future.
They may share other support services online or in your area. Remember, you can always message Sidekick.