CFN - Assessment of Need

If a parent or guardian believes that their child may have a disability they may apply to the Health Service Executive to carry out an assessment of their health needs arising from their disability.

Any child born after June 1st 2002 is eligible to apply for an assessment, regardless of age.

The Disability Act 2005 legally requires the Health Service Executive to carry out the assessment of need. There are strict time limits for completion of assessments.


A parent may complain to the HSE for one of the following reasons:

  • A determination that the child does not have a disability and you disagree.
  • The timeframe for assessments is not adhered to.
  • If HIQA standards are not adhered to.
  • The content of the service statement or if any service in the service statement is not delivered.

 If you are unhappy with the HSE Complaint Officer’s findings you may appeal to the Office of the Disability Appeal Officer. Their decision is final.

Assessment of Need (PDF)