The Carers Needs Assessment Process
What is a carers’ needs assessment?
Part 3 of the Social Services and Well-being Act (Wales) 2014 places a duty on a local authority to offer an assessment to any Carer where it has been identified that there may be a need for support. This duty applies regardless of the level of support the Carer may need or their financial circumstances.
A Carers’ Needs Assessment is an opportunity for the Carer to discuss with Social Services their caring role and what information, advice and assistance may be required to help them in their role.
A Carers’ Needs Assessment must include the following and must involve the Carer:
- The extent to which the carer is able and willing to provide the care and to continue to provide the care
- The outcomes the carer wishes to achieve
- The assessment must consider whether the Carer wishes to work and whether they participate in further education, training or any leisure activities/hobbies.
A Carers’ Needs Assessment will not judge the way the Carer is performing in their caring role and no assumption will be made regarding your desire to become or continue being a Carer. Once the assessment is complete, the local authority may provide services to help you in your caring role or to maintain or improve your own health and well-being.
How to request a Carers' Needs Assessment
- Speak with the Social Worker who meets the person you care for; or
- Contact Adult Social Care’s Initial Response Team on (01978) 292066; or
- Contact NEWCIS (North East Wales Carers Information Service) on(01352)752525 for more information
- In the event of an emergency, contact the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 053 3116
Who will carry out the assessment for me?
- A Social Worker or Community Care Worker in Wrexham County Borough Council
- A trained assessment officer from NEWCIS
More information about Carers' Needs Assessments
To help access practical Carers support, Direct Payments may give you the means to buy the type of support that best meets your needs.
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