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Downloadable Guides for Parents and Carers of Dependants with a Disability

Last updated: 1 Mar 2021

Balancing work and caring

At Working Families, we know how challenging it is for parents and carers of disabled children or adults to balance paid work with their caring responsibilities. We know that as a working carer, you have unique needs for flexibility, specialist childcare, and time off for medical appointments that many parents do not have. We have created this booklet to give you tailored advice and strategies to support you through the challenges you may face as a working carer.

This guide covers a host of topics – from your legal rights at work, to finding and funding appropriate childcare and care for adults, to tips for self-care.

Download the Balancing Work and Caring Guide

Getting into Work

Where can you find flexible work as a carer? What transferable skills do you have as a carer that make you a great employee? What rights do you have in work to request part-time work and taking time off last-minute to look after your dependant? And what about suitable childcare and care for adults?

Working Families free ‘Getting into Work’ guide equips parents and carers of dependants with disabilities that have taken time out of paid work with the confidence and guidance needed to get back into the world of work. It includes everything from CV and interview tips, to your rights at work, the pros and cons of self-employment, and guidance on finances and childcare.

Download the Getting into Work Guide

From Child to Adult – Working Families (January 2019)

How are family finances affected when your disabled child becomes an adult? When is it most advantageous for a young person to start claiming their own benefits? Can you change your working hours to fit with your disabled young person’s new regime?

Working Families’ free transition booklet has sections for parents and carers and disabled young people, a step-by-step guide to better-off calculations and a list of useful publications, organisations and websites.

Download the Transition Guide

If you have further questions and would like to contact our advice team please use our advice contact form below or call us.

Advice contact form

The information on the law contained on this site is provided free of charge and does not, and is not intended to, amount to legal advice to any person on a specific case or matter. If you are not a solicitor, you are advised to obtain specific legal advice about your case or matter and not to rely solely on this information. Law and guidance is changing regularly in this area.

We cannot provide advice on employment rights in Northern Ireland as the law is different. You can visit the Labour Relations Agency or call their helpline Workplace Information Service on 03300 555 300.