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Sometimes parents with disabled children are made to feel like
they are 'expected' to stay at home and care for their child.
However, with support, some parents do manage to work outside the
Research shows that a main problem for parent carers is a lack
of information about locally-based services, benefits and
If you're looking for work, thinking of studying or joining a
moving to work scheme and want to know about the impact on benefits
such as Carer's Allowance or tax credits, then read our benefits information.
You have learned a lot of valuable skills as a parent and many
of these can be transferred to work. However, if you have been out
of paid employment for some time, it can be daunting to think about
returning to work.
You may need to update your skills and there are many ways to do
this. Some parents start by trying voluntary work, or by going to
college part-time. Your local council for voluntary services (CVS)
or volunteer centre will be able to tell you about volunteering
opportunities in your area.
Contact your careers service for information about courses in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern
There are a range of schemes and support to help certain groups
of people prepare for work and find employment. The schemes are
available through Jobcentre Plus. For example, disability
employment advisers offer disabled people job-seeking advice and
information about local disability friendly employers.
Read the government's information about moving into
work or in moving back
to work in Northern Ireland.
Speak to our experts for further advice by calling
freephone national helpline on 0808 808 3555.