Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

New care support service for extended family launched

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A new service has been launched in West Sussex to support extended family members caring for children who are not able to live with their birth parents.

The Informal Family Care Service offers a range of support which includes:

•          Information and advice around issues which affect family carers
•          An assessment of their situation
•          Signposting to relevant services and assistance with referrals
•          Groups tailored to the needs of carers (starting from October 17 in Chichester, October 18 in Worthing and              October 20 in Crawley)
•          Monthly drop-in sessions across the county.

Peter Evans, West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Children and Families, said: “The circumstances for this type of care could be as a result of issues such as bereavement, health difficulties, substance misuse or a parent spending time in prison. This is when other family members may step in and take on the caring role and responsibilities.

“The Family Rights Group estimates that up to 300,000 children and young people in the UK could be living with extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and older siblings.”

You can find out more about the new service, book a place in the group sessions or get details about your nearest drop-in service, by contacting the team on 01243 642650 or emailing informalfamilycare@westsussex.gov.uk