Our shared care scheme gives support to families with children and young people under 18, who have learning or physical disabilities.

 

 

What will I be doing?

You'll be looking after or supporting a child or young person with disabilities.

Because children's needs are different, every one of our placements will be different.

Depending on the needs of the child, you can give them support and care in a number of ways:

  • give basic care for those with more severe disabilities
  • take part in their favourite activities
  • help them develop certain skills
  • be there for them as a friend.

What skills and experience do I need?

We look at each case carefully and you'll be individually matched to a child depending on your skills and experience. Anyone that's interested in the scheme is suitable, even if you have little experience in looking after children.

We think it would be useful for carers to be understanding, flexible, reliable and have an interest in children.

How much time do I need to give?

You can give as much or as little time as you want. This could be a few hours after school or a regular weekend stay – whatever suits you best.

All that we ask is that you make a commitment to the scheme, no matter how small the time you give. It'll help if the time is regular and consistent to help build a good relationship.

Where will I be located?

Our scheme runs across Hertfordshire. We'll consider your location and travel availability when placing you.

What will I gain from the role?

Your time will give an opportunity for families of children with disabilities to have some extra time to themselves to recharge their batteries or get other things done.

You'll enhance the life of your child by giving them a chance to meet people outside their family and develop new skills.

Our carers find the time they give very rewarding and fulfilling, knowing they're making a genuine difference in the lives of a family.

What support will I be given?

We run preparation courses for anyone interested in the scheme and provide full training for you to be able to care for disabled children.

You'll be given individual support during your time with us and emergency support will always be available.

Will I receive expenses?

You'll be paid an allowance to cover expenses and be covered by insurance.

How do I find out more?

Find out more about shared care or contact us with any questions:

Call 0800 917 0925