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Young Carer Assessments

Young carer's needs assessments

If you are aged between 5 and 18 years old, and look after someone you can access a statutory young carer’s needs assessment. Young carer's needs assessments are something that the local council are required to offer as part of their duty to young carers. 

The name can sound a little daunting - but we promise it's not scary! You get to talk to the lovely Lindsey (she's super friendly!) You get to hang out, colour and she will ask you questions about all the ways you help out your family member or friend. She can talk to you at school, at home or online. 

You will also talk about your education, training, what you do in your spare time, your health and views about your future. You get a chance to talk about any support you would like and involve you, your parents and anyone else you or your parents want to be involved.

This assessment is different from the one adult carers have. It will decide what kind of help you and your family might need. It will also look at whether the care you provide is appropriate, and takes into account whether you want care.

Lindsey will then take everything she's learned about you and think of some ways we can help you. A written record of the meeting will be sent to your parents so they can help you too.

How we can help

By letting us know how you help look after your loved one, we can help look after you!

  • You get to talk to someone who understands what you're going through
  • You can ask any questions
  • We can help you join clubs and services
  • We can give you or your family information about grants and finances
  • It will help you understand your caring role 
  • You will learn more about young carers

Who can access an assessment?

Young people aged 5 - 17 years old can access a statutory young carer's needs assessment. A parent or guardian will need to book it for you by calling our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 or emailing

Frequently asked questions

Please see below for some answers to common questions about young carer needs assessments.



This is up to you! It can take between 1 - 2 hours, but it depends on what you want to talk about and how long you want to spend with us. 

We can speak to you alone, either at home or at school. Your parents/carer will get a copy of the needs assessment once it is completed.

If there are any concerns about your safety or the safety of others we may also need to take it further and discuss this with other agencies to ensure everyone gets the help they need.

Only if you want them to! You might want them to understand a little more about the role you have - we know it can be challenging to care alongside completing school work. Telling your school can help them support you with this, but it is your decision.

Need to talk? Call our Freephone Support Line on 0800 0388 885 (Mon-Fri, 9am – 1pm)