Caring for children with disabilities

We understand it's not always easy for children and families, especially if a child has a disability and needs extra support.  We have teams working to improve the lives and opportunities for children and young people with disabilities in Herefordshire, but we can't do this alone.  We need the help of people across the county who share our vision of keeping children and young people safe and giving them a great start in life.  It doesn't matter if that help is only one night a month or a week in the school holidays; it all makes a massive difference.

If you're interested in supporting a child with a disability, you can provide them with a short break in your home.  This helps give a child's family a rest from their daily caring role and a chance to recharge their batteries and spend quality time with their other children. Children with disabilities greatly benefit from short periods away from home, as it helps them experience new things, meet new people and develop a sense of independence.

You can be a foster carer, if:

  • You're over 21 (there's no upper age limit)
  • You have some experience of children and / or young people
  • You're single, married or living with a partner of either gender
  • You have a healthy lifestyle

We'll provide:

  • Full local training and support at no cost
  • An excellent allowance which covers all costs
  • Any relevant equipment for the child
  • Your own dedicated social worker
  • 24 hour support
  • A rewarding experience!

Sleepover scheme carers

Our sleepover scheme provides family-based overnight short breaks in a carer's home for children with disabilities. This is an extremely rewarding and caring role, where a child will come and stay with you and your family at regular intervals throughout the year.

Learn more about being a sleepover scheme carer