Fair access to care services (FACS): prioritising eligibility for care and support
Support planning - Assessing and responding to young carers’ needs for support
The provisions in the 2010 Guidance also apply to assessing and responding to young carers’ support needs.
“Putting People First” sets out a shared ambition for radical reform of public services, promoting personalised support through the ability to exercise choice and control against a backdrop of strong and supportive local communities.(‘Introduction’, DH, 2010, para 4)
Susie’s story – children’s and adults’ services work jointly with a young carer
Susie, aged 16, cares for her mother who has chronic rheumatoid arthritis. Her need for more support as her condition deteriorates results in Susie being sometimes late for school and not keeping up with her GCSE homework. Mother and daughter did not want outside help because they suspect social services will separate them. During one of her mother’s hospital stays, a social worker gains their confidence enough for them to agree to an assessment of Susie’s needs as a young carer. Collaboration between children’s and adults’ services improves life for Susie and her mother.
When working with young people providing care, staff will need to:
- identify whether anyone under the age of 18 is providing care for the individual.
- work with children’s services to:
- protect carers under 18 from having to provide inappropriate levels of care
- put in place support to promote young carers’ opportunities to achieve positive outcomes.
- provide timely information, advice and support for young people providing care, in ways appropriate to their age and understanding.
- work closely with NHS colleagues and education services to ensure the young person’s developmental, educational, health care and social care needs are met in a well-coordinated fashion.
- work with individuals and their families to develop and put in place a care and support plan that:
- does not rely on an inappropriate level of care from a child or young person
- enables young people providing care to remain and thrive within their family, school and community.
SCIE’s Guide 9, ‘Implementing the Carers (Equal Opportunities) Act 2004’, sets out good practice in work with children and young people providing care. 
The Care Bill makes specific provision for young carers’ assessments to assist the process of transition from young people’s services to adults’ services. It gives the local authority power to meet requests from young carers or their parents to assess their need for support, and whether the need will continue after they are 18. It specifies the content of young carers’ assessments, including whether or not they are likely to be willing and able to continue caring after the age of 18; whether they wish to work or participate in education; and whether their own capabilities and support from friends and family will enable them to achieve the outcomes they want.