A parent carer is a parent, or other adult with parental responsibility, who cares for a child or young person aged 18 or under with any additional need
We provide support to families who do, or do not receive disability benefits. Support is also available to families whose children/young people have no formal diagnosis.
Parent carers differ slightly from other carers in that they care for children or young people with a variety of disabilities, health conditions or additional needs. These are often life long and the challenges faced change as the child/young person grows and develops. Parent carers are life long advocates for their children.
Being a parent carer can mean juggling various aspects of your and your child's lives at the same time:
- social care including respite
- family relationships and dynamics
Our parent carer support workers, Darran Youell, Jon Clingan and volunteer Laura Knowles are experienced support workers and parent carers themselves, so they understand first hand about the difficulties famillies face when raising a child with additonal needs. They have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. They run regular training sessions on a variety of topics relevant to caring for a child/young person with additional needs.
We hold regular informal parent carer support meetings, with an experienced support worker running the sessions to provide information, guidance and one-to-one support. You can share information and experiences with other parent carers as well as come along to useful events and training opportunities.
The Parents Together groups timetables can be downloaded here:
Other children living at home may need support in recognising themselves as having caring responsibilities and the impact this has on their own childhoods. The Young Carers team may be able to help
The move from child to adult services is frequently stressful for parent carers and often means you might be in need of some guidance. We can provide someone to talk to, an explanation of the processes involved and also request meetings to address concerns.
Download our Parents Together information leaflet here.