Checklist of core duties for local authorities when conducting a strengths-based assessment
The checklist below provides a brief summary of the core duties in relation to conducting a strengths-based assessment. It should be read in conjunction with the Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014 and Chapter 6 of the statutory guidance.
Local authorities must:
- Provide or arrange for services, facilities or resources which will prevent, delay or reduce individuals’ needs for care and support or the need for the support of carers.
- Carry out an appropriate and proportionate assessment.
- Carry out a capacity assessment if they believe an individual may lack capacity.
- Support the individual to be involved in the assessment. This involves providing as much information as possible from the time of first contact, in an accessible format, so that the individual undertaking the supported self-assessment has a full and clear picture.
- Involve an advocate (a family member, friend or independent advocate) to help the individual through the process if they have substantial difficulty understanding, retaining and using the relevant information.
- Ensure the assessment is undertaken by a practitioner who is appropriately trained and has experience of the condition, or consults someone who has. If the user is deafblind the practitioner must have specialist training to carry out the assessment.
- Carry out a safeguarding inquiry where a person may be at risk of abuse or neglect.
- Consider what else (other than the provision of care and support) might assist the person in meeting the outcomes they want to achieve.
- Ensure the care and support plan, or support plan, is, as far as possible, agreed by the adult or carer in question.