Achieving for Children

Family Link Carer

What is Family Link?

Family Link is an overnight short break service for children and young people with disabilities. Approved link carers provide regular overnight short breaks for children and young people with disabilities in the link carer’s home. Following approval, children and link carers are matched very carefully. Family Link can be a powerful experience for the children and families who assess the service, and the link carers themselves.

We welcome all applications from single people to couples, from all different backgrounds. Your home can be owned or rented, as long as you have a spare bedroom available. This role can fit around your current working arrangements, but would also suit someone who is retired or not in employment.

Staff benefits

You will receive an allowance when you have a child or young person with you. You will also be paid to attend training courses. There are also staff awards, social events, and a counselling service – for confidential advice etc.

You can refer a friend: if you refer a friend, once they have been approved as a Family Link Carer you will receive £250!

Your development

Staff training is an important part of your growth! You will receive full training and ongoing development opportunities. You will have access to a Family Link social worker who will prepare, assess and support you through becoming an approved link carer. You will have access to regular supervision, support, help and advice. You will be provided with equipment if this is required for the link child.

You do not need formal qualifications, but previous experience of caring for children and an understanding of the needs of children with disabilities is essential.

Who to contact for more information

Please contact Katie Morello, Family Link Social Worker: katie.morello@achievingforchildren.org.uk or phone 020 8547 6566.