If you care for a child or young person who is under 18 and has a physical disability, learning disability or emotional/behavioural condition, either diagnosed or undiagnosed, then Sefton Carers Centre can provide free support.
We currently offer the following services to all parent carers living in Sefton:
Parent Carer Development
Based at our centre in Waterloo and at Thornton Children’s Centre each Tuesday (term time) we provide advice, support and information to parents and carers of children who are 5 and under, as well as organising specialist advice and information sessions for families through Sefton’s Children Centres.
Parent Carer Advocacy and Support
Based at the centre in Waterloo we provide advice, support and information for parents and carers of children who are 5-18, as well as facilitating the two support groups below:
The Carers Support Team currently facilitates groups for parent carers at Netherton Children’s Centre (Thursdays) and at Parenting 2000 (Wednesdays) in Southport (term time only).
These groups are a great way to get support, information, and hear about other people's experiences - guidance can be given around assessment pathways and access to services through comprehensive signposting. The purpose of these support groups is to improve the health and wellbeing of parent carers as well as provide information and advice from other organisations that work with parent carers and their children in Sefton.
All parent carers are welcome to attend these groups which also offer support from other carers as well as a place to relax and chat.
(Children are welcome under parent supervision whilst they attend the group).
Parental leave is for employees to take time off work to look after a child's welfare, this leave is normally unpaid, and is available for each child up to their 18th birthday. For more information visit the ACAS website here.