Family Link carer
The Family Link Service is a short break service for families who have disabled children aged between 0-19 years living in Cambridgeshire. The service links a family which has a disabled child to a family who can help share the care of the child by welcoming them into their home. This could be for some care during the day or an overnight stay once or twice a month. This depends on the needs of the child, their family and what the carer is able to offer.
Do you want to be a Family Link carer
To find out more, you can either:
or call us on 0800 052 0078. You can also come to one of our information sessions. These informal events give you the opportunity to meet members of our fostering team and existing carers.
Skills and experience required
What all carers have in common is a sense of commitment, motivation and time to offer on a regular basis as well as patience, a sense of humour and plenty of energy. Carers need to be sensitive to all levels of discrimination and see the child first, whatever difficulties the child experiences. Most importantly carers must build the child’s self-esteem and feeling of self-worth. Many of our Link carers have extensive experience and skills in working with disabled children, however full training and support is available.
Support offered to Link carers
In addition to the training course completed by all Cambridgeshire County Council foster carers, Link carers will be given further training as part of their Training Support and Development Induction Programme. The training we offer covers the wide range of subjects needed to deliver a high quality short breaks service. Carers working with children who have clinical medical needs, epilepsy or manual handling requirements receive specialist training.