Last updated 06/02/2019
Concerns may arise in many different contexts and their nature will vary. Our local approach will make appropriate use of partnership and integrated working. For Young Carers and their families this includes:
- Policy – have a policy in place to encourage timely identification, assessment and support of Young Carers
- Assessment – ensuring all assessments are timely, transparent and within the locally agreed Early Help Framework or Social Care Framework defined by local mulita-agency safeguarding arrangements.
- Early intervention – early or identification of situations before they become critical
- Reviewing or referring for review the adult social care needs of a parent where children with caring responsibilities that are relied upon within the family are identified.
- Personalising support – using the potential of personalised care and self-directed support planning to meet care and support needs.
- Recording – making sure information is in one place with the consent of the child or parent and consistent with established principles for obtaining informed consent.
- Sharing information – so that all agencies involved know what the issues are, what is intended and so that Young Carers and families do not have to re-tell their story
- Joint decisions, using, as appropriate, Team around the Child/Family for assessments and evidence based decisions
- Lead Professionals – acting as the point of contact for Young Carers and their families to make connections, build trust, bring things together and help them stay that way.
- Ensuring child safety in line with established safeguarding procedures
- Effective professional supervision and regular reviews – seeing assessment as a continuing process to ensure a clear direction of travel and inform future plans.
The internal allocations of funding by Sefton Council should not become a barrier to timely and appropriate support for Young Carers and their families. We recognise that disputes about where funding responsibility lies can be deeply damaging to families. They were one of the concerns voiced by families and Young Carers in national consultations on the National Carers Strategy. We will act to ensure that staff have a clear understanding of joint and separate responsibilities to support parenting roles, respond to needs and reduce the need for inappropriate caring by Young Carers. The following general principles apply to the expected whole family and joint approach to meeting needs and arranging support:
- Adult social care is responsible for commissioning care and support services for adults to reduce or prevent inappropriate caring responsibilities by Young Carers.
- Children’s social care is responsible for commissioning services to respond to specific needs of the child or young person; including, those relating to the impact of their caring role on them.
- Shared responsibility exists between us for commissioning services that would support or sustain adults in their parenting role having regard to the individual circumstances.