For family carers

We offer information about challenging behaviour to anyone who provides support to a child, young person or adult with a severe learning disability. We can also signpost you to other specialist organisations and sources of information.

New! CBF Podcast for Families

Wellbeing is a word we hear and use a lot. We know it’s important and covers a range of ideas from self-care, happiness, confidence, resilience, rest and relaxation but we also know that it’s a tricky one to define and certainly one route to wellbeing does not fit all.  How, for example do you fit in a yoga session or even a cup of tea when you’re caring for someone with complex needs?

Of course, we don’t have all the answers but as part of a project funded by The Coyler Fergusson Charitable Trust and some amazing Kent based families we have been investigating what the issues are and how we can better support carer wellbeing as an organisation. We hit upon the idea of a podcast driven by families’ experiences to talk about the real life issues and experiences that impact on carers wellbeing.

Our new series of family podcasts Challenge Accepted, will launch on the 8th of December and feature family perspectives on connecting with others, taking time for yourself, spending time together as a family and accessing carers assessments and respite. The series of five episodes will be available everywhere you can access a podcast from, and we hope you enjoy listening.


Support for families

Click on the links at the bottom of the page to access information about

  • Family Support Service
  • Family Carers’ Email Network
  • Peer support

Other information:

Have a look at the ‘your stories’ part of our website to appreciate what other families and professionals have experienced:

Read ‘your stories’

Understand what is challenging behaviour and the specific behaviours associated with it:

What is challenging behaviour?

Do you need information about challenging behaviour and connected issues? We have a broad range of information sheets, webpages, packs, templates and DVDs, grouped into different sections:

Information and guidance




Family Support Service

Family Support Service

The Family Support Service can provide information and support about the needs of your family member with a severe learning disability. Our support is confidential and we won’t judge you or tell you what to do.

Family Carers' Email Network

Family Carers' Email Network

The CBF Family Carers’ Email Network enables you to be in touch with a number of families around the UK. You can share experiences, information and receive support - without any obligation to reply or to identify yourself.

Peer support

Peer support

The CBF is offering free peer support for family carers from your own homes during the Coronavirus pandemic. On this page you can read about 'Peer support calls' and 'Carers' Catch Ups'.