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Wellbeing of family

The wellbeing of the whole family is of paramount importance to harmony and happiness. Our resources provide advice and tips on how to keep everyone well - parents, siblings and children.

This section gives information about the experience of being a family carer, what support is available, and provides the answers to some of your questions.

family carerSupport

The Challenging Behaviour Foundation offers support for families caring for a child or adult with severe learning disabilities and behaviour that challenges:

  • Family Support Service – our Family Support Team offer a listening ear and provide free information about challenging behaviour to anyone who supports someone with a severe learning disability.
  • Family Carers’ Email Network – the 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.
  • Peer Support – The CBF is offering free online support for family carers from your own homes via video call during the Coronavirus pandemic, including Carers’ Catch Ups and Behaviour Chats.

Resources about being a Family Carer

Impact of caring on families

Caring for a relative with severe learning disabilities whose behaviour is challenging can have a huge effect on your life, leaving you with little time and energy for your own life and well-being. This webpage and information sheet looks at the impact caring can have on families and where families can access support.

Read more about: Impact of Caring on Families

Family carer wellbeing and resilience

Extract from a new information sheet we are writing, explaining why resilience is important and helpful steps you can take to achieve it.

Read more about: Family carer wellbeing and resilience

Family carer’s information directory

This page and information sheet provides details of organisations, books, blogs and other information that family carers may find useful.

Read more about: Family Carer’s information directory

Other information pages in this section

Circles of support

Consult our informative webpage to get the answers to your questions:

“Do I have to do this alone?”

“Who can help me to advocate for my family member?”

Circles of support

Short breaks

Consult our informative webpage to get the answers to your questions:

“Are you a family carer reaching ‘burnout’ or crisis point?”

“Do you need to know how to get a break from caring?”

“What happens if your relative is excluded from local short breaks services because of their challenging behaviour?”

Short breaks

What will happen when I’m gone?

Consult our informative webpage to get the answers to your questions:

“Who will be responsible for your relative’s welfare and ensure they are well supported after you die?”

“How can people with learning disabilities be supported with the distress of losing a family member?”

“If your family member lives at home and/or relies on you for support, what can you do to plan for the future?”

What will happen when I’m gone?

Video clip addressing the impact on families

Watch our short video clip ‘Impact of behaviour on families’ featuring Emma, a family carer:

Your stories

Read about other family carers’ experiences of supporting a relative with a severe learning disability whose behaviour challenges.

Read ‘Your stories’

 

What will happen when I'm gone?

What will happen when I'm gone?

When you are a carer of someone with a severe learning disability, there can be extra worries about what will happen after your death. In this page we answer three popular questions.

Short breaks

Short breaks

For carers a regular break can be a necessity due to the long hours involved in the caring role, and because caring itself can be a very stressful. This information page answers some of your questions.

Impact of caring on families

Impact of caring on families

Caring for a relative with severe learning disabilities can have a huge effect on your life, leaving you with little time and energy for your own life and wellbeing. Read our quick read guide on the impact of caring on families with a complete information sheet available to download.