Become a short break/shared carer for children with disabilities

IMPACCT carers

IMPACCT (Involving More Parents and Carers of Children Together) is a family based short breaks scheme providing flexible breaks to children and young people affected by disability on a shared care basis. Eligible children may also be affected by complex health care needs and/or life limiting conditions. The care is provided by families in their own homes within the local community. 

What is shared care?

Shared care enables a child to live with their family whilst experiencing a regular short break with a committed carer. This could involve regular planned breaks of various durations.  

What benefits does it bring?

We provide new experiences, fun and friendship for children and young people whilst offering other family members time out.

Be an IMPACCT carer


  • may be single, or with a partner
  • can be working, retired, or unemployed
  • may, or may not, have children of your own
  • don't need experience of caring for a child with a disability, training and support are provided

We need people from all walks of life who are:

  • interested
  • motivated
  • patient
  • available
  • committed
  • caring
  • and have time...


IMPACCT carers are supported by:

  • their own supervising worker
  • a comprehensive training programme with the opportunity to gain the SVQ Level 3 in Caring for Children & Young People
  • a financial support package, paid 52 weeks of the year

How do I apply?

Complete an online enquiry form and we will contact you within 5 working days.

All applicants will be subject to local authority, health, employment and detailed criminal record checks as part of the assessment process.

Further information

IMPACCT carers go through the same application and assessment process as potential foster carers. If you would like more information on this process please see our foster caring page.