Parent Carers Needs Assessment & Support

If you are the parent/carer for a disabled child, or you provide unpaid care and/or support to a Reading adult (18 years +), or if you are a young person with caring responsibilities, you may be eligible for support.

To find out more, please follow this link: Help from social care / Children’s Social Care Brighter Futures for Children.

Please note Reading Borough Council and Brighter Futures for Children have arranged for the Carers Partnership - Reading & West Berkshire to complete carers assessments for adults who care for another adult or an adult caring for a child. For an assessment, please contact the Reading & West Berkshire Carer’s Partnership

Caring for a child or adult with a Learning Disability in Reading?

Reading Mencap, Information & Advice and Carers Assessments in Reading,

21 Alexandra Road, Reading, RG1 5PE, Tel: 0118 926 3600: Email: Website:  Reading Mencap

Caring for someone 50+ years in Reading?

Age UK Reading, Information & Advice and Carers Assessments in Reading

Walford Hall, Carey Street, Reading, RG1 7JS, Tel: 07716 418 941: Email: Website:


Caring for someone 50+ years in West Berkshire?

Age UK Berkshire: Information & Advice in West Berkshire

Unit 119, Broad Street Mall, Reading RG1 7QA, Tel: 0118 959 4242

E-mail: Website:


For all other carers in Reading & West Berkshire: 

CommuniCare: Information & Advice and, in Reading, Carers Assessments as well.

233 Kings Road, Reading, RG1 4LS, Tel: 0118 926 3941: Email: Website:


Guidance on requesting a Parent Carers Needs Assessment - BFfC

Guidance on requesting a Parent Carers Needs Assessment - BFfC

Under the Children Act 1989, it has always been expected that an assessment of a Child In Need under Section 17, including all disabled children, will be ‘holistic’ so that it will take account of the needs of other family members.

However, parent carers also have rights to stand-alone assessments and to services under the Children and Families Act 2014.

To find out more about:-

BFfC response to Parent Carers Needs Assessments (PCNAs)

PCNA – child/ young person not currently open to BFfC

PCNA – Child/ Young Person currently open to BFfC

Reviewing PCNA

Please use the following link - Guidance on requesting a Parent Carers Needs Assessment view the information on the Brighter Futures for Children website

(October 2022)

Page last reviewed: 27/09/2023

Contact the Team

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Adult & Carers Support 0118 937 3747 0118 937 3747
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