Supporting parent carers: everything you ever wanted to know (but were too afraid to ask)

"No one's ever asked me about me before"

We hear this a lot from parent carers, and in some ways it's natural for most services - educational, medical and legal - to focus exclusively on the needs of the child. But in coming to terms with the family's 'new normal', it's the parent carers that do the bulk of the adjusting, coping and managing.

Understanding how you can best meet their needs is vital to ensuring you build resilience and offer the best possible professional support.

What we offer

This course distills nearly 40 years' experience of working with families to give you everything you need to know to feel more confident in your role. This includes:

  • Valuable insights into a range of service and day-to-day life experiences, helping you understand and adjust your professional approach.
  • New techniques for engaging with parent carers, managing their expectations and co-producing solutions to their issues.
  • How to use Contact a Family and other agencies to help build support networks for your most vulnerable families.

Who is the course for?

Any business, statutory service or commercial organisation that wants to understand the needs of families with disabled children and improve their offer to them. We can tailor your course to focus on your specific interest.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of typical family experiences accessing a range of businesses, services and community organisations relevant to you work.
  • Better relate to the wider impact of disability on family life.
  • Learn new techniques for managing parent carer expectations and co-producing solutions.
  • Understand how you can use Contact a Family's services to better support the parent carers you work with.

Learn more: listen to the experiences of parent carers


Contact us

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