Your Support

Most children with complex needs and disabilities will have their needs met in universal services and in the early help provision in the Family Wellbeing Centres across Sefton. Trained early help staff offer 1:1 and group support to help you to understand the needs of your child.

We would also encourage you to access Aiming High Short Breaks provision during the school holidays, evenings and weekends. You can find more information on that here

A few children may require an assessment of their needs by a qualified social worker, which may lead to an ongoing plan of support and review. You can find out more about Assessment here

Parent Support

As you are a parent you have the right to request a parent carer assessment under the Children and Families Act 2014. The assessment will areas such as consider:

  • Your individual needs as a parent carer
  • What could make looking after your child easier for you
  • Your health and wellbeing as a parent carer
  • The need to safeguard and promote the welfare of you and your child

Following the assessment you will receive a support plan which will detail the areas of support you require. Sefton Carers’ Centre complete the parent carer’s assessments on behalf of Sefton Council. You do not need to have a parent carer assessment to receive support from Sefton Carers Centre.

Details of the support for parent carers from Sefton Carers Centre can be found on the following link Parent Carer Support ( or  you can contact Sefton Carers’ Centre on  0151 288 6060 or email

Young Carers

If you have sibling who also provides a care and support role, they can also receive support from Sefton Young Carers Project

Young Carers are also entitled to a Young Carers in Transition Assessment under the Care Act 2014 from the age of 16 onwards. The assessment will review the induvial aspirations of the young carer which leads to the development of a support plan to meet the agreed actions.

Last Updated on Thursday, June 15, 2023

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