Your entitlement to a Parent Carer Needs Assessment (PCNA)
Parents and carers have a stand-alone right to assessments and services under the Children and Families Act 2014. This is called a Parent Carer Needs Assessment (PCNA). Very simply, a PCNA is about parents and carer's needs - assessing what parents and carers need to enable them to carry on caring. It is your chance to consider your role as a carer and what help you may need to support you, to maintain your own health, as well as balancing your caring role with other aspects of your life, such as work and family. In order to carry out the assessment we must be satisfied that the disabled child and the family are eligible for support under section 17.
The law recognises that parents and carers needs are just as important as a child or young person’s. If a parent or carer’s needs are not met – how can they continue to care for their child or young person?
RBWM's Children and Young People Disability Service works with families to explore parents and carers needs in an holistic manner, when assessing the needs of the child/young person. Parents and carers are also entitled to a Carer’s Assessment which will look at how being a carer impacts on your daily life.
For further information about Carer's Assessments, please contact the Children and Young People Disability Service
Download the Parent Carer Needs Assessment Form (opens a word document)
Find out more
Carers UK - Assessments and the Care Act (opens a pdf)
Find out how NHS England are helping carers (opens a page in the Health section on this website)
Cerebra guide to PCNA's (opens a page on the Cerebra website)