For Families and Carers : Overview of social care assessments

This page provides an overview of the different social care assessments in England for young adults and adults.

Child’s needs assessment (transition assessment)

Usually undertaken when the child is 14-17.

Purpose: Looks at what the needs of the person with Down’s syndrome are likely to be when they turn 18.

Outcomes: An indication from the local authority as to whether the person is likely to have needs eligible for support at 18. Information about what can be done to reduce needs.

Needs assessment

Undertaken from 18+

Purpose: Looks at what the needs of the person with Down’s syndrome are and whether they need support to achieve day-to-day tasks.

Outcomes: Information, advice, support or services for the person to help them achieve day-to-day tasks. Might result in support whilst living at home, in the community, in an intentional community or in a residential home.

Carers’s assessment

For Carers supporting a person 18+.

Purpose: Looks at the needs of the carer and the impact their caring role has on their wellbeing and their ability to achieve day-to-day tasks.

Outcomes: Information, advice, support or services provided to the carer or the person they support to enable them to have a break from caring.

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