State of Caring Carers UK State of Caring 2017 Report - Page 16

STATE OF CARING REPORT 2017 The Care Act and Children and Families Act in England Obtaining an assessment In England the Care Act, introduced in April 2015, should be making it easier for carers to get an assessment that looks at the impact of their caring role on all aspects of their life and what support they and their family need. It should also make it clearer for carers to find out about what is available to support them locally and whether they are entitled to local authority funded support. Two years on now from its introduction, we asked carers whether they have been offered or requested a carer’s assessment in the last 12 months. Just over one third of carers living in England (39%) who responded to our survey said they had either been offered (23%) or asked for (16%) a carer’s assessment in the previous year. Those who hadn’t asked or been offered (61%) may still have had an assessment (see below). Older carers were most likely to have been offered an assessment in the last year (30%), while both older carers and round the clock carers, the most likely to have asked for one (18%). Those caring for a disabled child were the least likely to have been offered an assessment, with just 10% reporting this, while carers in paid employment were the least likely to have asked for an assessment (13%). The Care Act only applies to assessments for adults caring for other adults. Slightly different rules apply to children who are caring and to those caring for children under 18. Support I’d been offered in previous years was now not available despite my caring increasing due to cuts The Children and Families Act 2014 requires local councils to assess parent carers on the appearance of need or where an assessment is requested by the parent. This is called a parent carers needs assessment. Despite this, evidence shows that parent carers are frequently being refused assessments. When my daughter was under 18 I was told there was no point in having an assessment as there ‘isn’t any funding attached’. I have recently had an adult carer’s assessment in preparation for ‘transition’. It was over a month ago and I still haven’t had formal response but been told I would be better off organising respite myself I found that all the right questions were asked but ultimately when it came down to it there just isn’t enough funding to implement anything that would help to any great extent 16