Shared carers are trained volunteers who've been assessed and checked to care for disabled children under the age of 18. They give parents a break by looking after their disabled child or young person for short periods of time.
Visits can be anything from a few hours a week after school, some time at the weekends and in the school holidays, or even a regular weekend stay. The time you give is flexible and can fit around your life and schedule.
As a shared carer, you can look after children in your own home or at the child's home. You can also take them out and spend time enjoying hobbies and activities that interest them.
Support for shared carers
You'll attend a preparation course and will receive full training and support, be paid an allowance for expenses and will be covered by insurance.
You'll be assessed to find out about your interests and suitability before being introduced to the family. The needs of the child will be specifically matched to your skills and interests to ensure you build a good relationship and the child enjoys their short breaks away from their family.