Information for Parents and Professionals

Jan initially practiced as a Paediatric Nurse and has experience and specialist training in Paediatric Oncology, Children’s Palliative care and Childhood Bereavement.

Jan became interested in the needs of siblings of children who have a disability or special needs whilst working at Naomi House Children’s Hospice and was responsible for setting up and running the Sibling Support Service there. Jan then worked for 14:21 in Newbury as a voluntary school counsellor and General Practitioner trainees on the subject of childhood bereavement. Jan now works as a children and young people’s counsellor and is an Associate Member of the BACP and a member of ACTO. She has specialist training in the provision of Online Counselling.

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Some Facts And Figures

In the UK, there are 770,000 disabled children under the age of 16. That equates to one child in 20.

Only 16% of mothers with disabled children work, compared to 61% of other mothers.

It costs up to three times as much to raise a disabled child, as it does to raise a child without disabilities.

Caring for a disabled child can cause relationship problems. According to one study, 31% of couples report some problems, 13% cite major problems and 9% actually separate. Stress, depression and lack of sleep are other commonly experienced problems.

Source: ‘Contact a Family – for families with disabled children’ – August 2010

Sources Of Information And Advice For Parents And Professionals

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Good supportive advice from Sibs for brothers and sisters of disabled children and adults
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A national family support charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.