Sibling Carers

What is a Sibling Carer?

A sibling carer is an unpaid carer who lives with their brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. They help their sibling with daily tasks such as washing and dressing, making meals and drinks and cleaning and laundry etc.

What support is available to Sibling Carers?

Local Support

  • Friends & Families of Special Children - During Covid-19, Friends and Families of Special Children are providing emotional support and online links and activities for young carers with the Fun and Freedom Club. Also keep up to date on their Facebook page.
  • Plymouth Youth Service - The Youth Team are available to support young people in the Plymouth area.

National Support

  • Sibs - This is a UK charity that offers support for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults. You can also follow them on their Sibs - Facebook page.
  • YoungSibs - This an online support and information service for children and young people aged 7-17 years old who have a brother or sister who is disabled, has special educational needs or a serious long-term condition. There is also a moderated chat area called YoungSibs Chat Forum where siblings can connect with and message other siblings around the UK.

Young Carers

'A young carer means a person under 18 who provide or intends to provide care for another person' and 'Providing practical or emotional support'.  
Children and Families Act (2014), section 96

The Plymouth Online Directory provides useful information on Support for Young Carers.