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Sibling support

Who are siblings?

This service is for children and young people under the age of 18 who have a brother or sister with a serious or life-limiting illness or disability and where the caring responsibilities of the child/young person have a serious or significant impact on the child/young person’s physical or emotional well-being. 

It can be really rewarding and positive to help care for a brother or sister with a disability or illness, however it can also be difficult and the sibling may struggle with:

  • feeling that they don't get enough attention from their parents due to their sibling's needs
  • spend a lot of time worrying about their brother or sister
  • not understanding the disability or illness
  • coping with difficult behaviour from their brother or sister as a result of the disability or illness
  • not being able to deal with their own emotions, especially anger, guilt and isolation
  • being bullied or teased
  • not doing things a "normal" family do like go out together, go on holiday
  • have disturbed sleep
  • having difficulty in being able to do homework or study at home
  • some siblings may undertake high levels of care, whereas for others it may be frequent low levels of care. Either can impact heavily on a child or young person.

What do we offer siblings?

We offer:

  • a listening ear
  • someone to talk to
  • emotional support
  • opportunities to meet other siblings
  • coping strategies and techniques
  • and we look at ways we may be able to help other members of the family, including reducing the caring role where possible.

How do we do this?

We do this through:

  • group meetings/sessions with other siblings covering a range of topics
  • providing information and advice to you and your family
  • putting you or members of your family in touch with other support services

How it works

  1.  You are referred to us

  2. We visit you at home to discuss the service and how we may be able to help you

  3. We complete a sibling's assessment with you and discuss the most appropriate support we can give you and your family

  4. We complete an action plan and give you and your family a copy 

Sibling Support Service leaflet

Sibling Support Service referral form

 Useful web links



Young Sibs

Young Carers