Parent and Carer guide

Providing information for carers

A carer is someone of any age who looks after a child, relative, partner, friend or neighbour in need of care or support because they have an illness, disability, frailty or a substance misuse problem. The care and support carers provide may be personal, practical, emotional or supervisory and is unpaid.

Caring for someone under the age of 18 (Parent carers)

Parent carers are parents of children with a disability or special additional need, who as well as providing a parental role also provide a caring role to their child. There are a range of support services available for parent carers including services provided by the Carers Centre, specialist Parent Carers Worker and Children and Family services.

Carers caring for someone over the age of 18

There are a range of other options available to support carers who care for someone over the age of 18 based on their needs identified during their carers assessment, and may include:

  • Direct Payments
  • Carers Short Breaks
  • Respite for the cared for person to give the carer a break
  • Day Care for the cared for person to give the carer a break

If you would like to register yourself as a Carer, would like an assessment or further information please contact the Carers Team on 01472 629162.