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Fact sheet

Learning Disabilities and Family Carers

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers offers support to Carers’ Centres, Crossroads Care Schemes and other organisations who are working with carers of people with learning disabilities, family carers with learning disabilities, and mutual carers (people who each have a disability and who care for each other).

Professionals working with family carers of people with learning disabilities will find a variety of resources here, from legislative and policy information and guidance, to practical advice and best practice examples to help them develop good quality services. These pages will be updated regularly.

Family carers of a person with a learning disability may be facing a long term or lifelong future of caring. They are often in the position of caring for a disabled child from birth who is likely to outlive them.

People with learning disabilities now live longer and are often able to live independently with appropriate support. The role of the family carer has changed too - together, families are tackling issues such as education, employment, relationships and independent living.

The personalisation agenda means that family carers may become employers and budget holders, giving choice and control to carers as well as to the people they care for. People with learning disabilities can be carers too, caring for relatives, partners or friends.

The learning disabilities lead at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers works across The Trust and Crossroads Care, on policy issues affecting family carers of people with learning disabilities, carers with learning disabilities, and mutual carers. They can be contacted by email, rhannan@carers.org

An easy read introduction to The Trust’s work on learning disabilities and family carers is available, Learning Disabilities And Family Carers Project (789 KB)

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