Improving outcomes for siblings of disabled children

Date: 27th October 2020 to 27th November 2020
Time: 9:30 - 13:00
Location: Online

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to hear from experts about wide-ranging models of support for siblings who have a brother or sister who has a disability, long term health condition or additional needs and help improve understanding of the issues siblings face

There are an estimated half a million young siblings across the UK and many of them provide support and care to their disabled brothers and sisters.  According to research, siblings of disabled children were almost three times as likely to have significant levels of problems in interpersonal relationships, their psychological wellbeing, school performance, or use of leisure time.

Siblings are often overlooked by services and this conference will provide professionals working across children’s services with an invaluable opportunity to identify priorities to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes for siblings of disabled children.

The half day conference will include:

  • Best practice in promoting awareness of siblings and the unique struggles they face.
  • Discussions on the mental health impact of being a sibling/sibling young carer.
  • Approaches schools can take on how to provide interventions for siblings.
  • Discussions on the impact of Covid-19 on siblings and how to best provide timely support.
  • Exploration into what support exists for young adult siblings after the age of 18.
  • Addressing the question on what works best in sibling support i.e. individual or group support.
  • Methods to safeguard siblings.

The following speakers have been confirmed: 

  • Clare Kassa, CEO Sibs
  • Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, University College London
  • Nikita Hayden, University of Warwick
  • Janice Stephens, Down’s Junior School, Brighton
  • Louise Butler & Stefanie Austin, SENSE
  • Allan Jolly, Over the Wall
  • Nicola Dean, Ann Craft Trust

Cost: £99 - £140

Find out more about the event here. 


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