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What is available for siblings as they are impacted emotionally?

Young Carers can provide activities to children under 18 years whose life is affected significantly by the impact of being involved in caring for a family member who has a physical illness/disability, mental ill health, sensory disability or has problematic use of drugs or alcohol. Parents can make a self referral to Young Carers. If a CAF is not in place Young Carers will work with the agencies currently involved with the family such as, CAMHS, BEST etc to ensure a CAF is put in to place. Once Young Carers receive the referral the Carer is placed on to Tier 1 and they will make contact with the family to establish what the child would like and an assessment is carried out.  The assessed level of need will influence where in the tier system they will be placed and a potential start date for services will be identified.

SIBS - 01535 645453 - Sibs is a UK charity for people who grow up with a disabled brother or sister. They support siblings who are growing up with or who have grown up with a brother or sister with any disability, long term chronic illness, or life limiting condition. There are over half a million young siblings and over a million adult siblings in the UK. Siblings have specific needs that require attention at different stages of their lives, including relief of isolation, information, and strategies for coping with the situations they find themselves in. SIBS aim to enhance the lives of siblings by providing them with information and support, and by influencing service provision for siblings throughout the UK. Their long term vision is that each local authority in the UK will have a dedicated sibling service, providing sibling groups and one to one support for children who are siblings.  www.sibs.org.uk