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If you're looking after a child with a physical or learning disability, or a life-limiting condition, you may not think of yourself as a carer.

But being the parent of a child with disabilities can cause you additional pressures and problems.

These are just some of the issues you may be concerned about as a parent/carer:

  • your child’s friendships and social / support network
  • childcare and short breaks
  • finances
  • education
  • challenging behaviour
  • preparing your child for adulthood.


You have a right to ask for an assessment of your own needs, as a parent or carer of disabled children, young people and disabled adults. 

This will usually be carried out by a worker from a social care team,such as 0-25 Together.

The assessment will consider your needs or circumstances. For example, you may need to spend more time doing other caring responsibilities, or you may wish to return to work, education or training.

Our Supporting Carers leaflet (PDF 6.88mb)ening a new window  is designed to give you information that may help make life easier and tells you about some of the support that is there to help you.