Sibs Conference for professionals: Improving outcomes for siblings of disabled children – models of support

A half-day conference for professionals working across the children and young people sector.

Date – 27th November 2020, 9.30am-1pm.

Venue – Online via Zoom.

Early Bird Price – £99 if booked by 23rd October 2020.

Full price –  £140 for statutory services, £125 for voluntary sector.


There are an estimated half a million young siblings across the UK and many of them provide support and care to their disabled brothers and sisters.  Siblings have a lifelong need for information.  They also need support to have their health and wellbeing needs met.

According to research from Goudie 2013, siblings of disabled children were almost three times as likely to have significant levels of problems in interpersonal relationships, their psychological wellbeing, school performance, or use of leisure time. The Children’s Society report, Hidden from View, also assessed that over half of all the young carers in the UK were caring for a brother or sister with a health or disability need. Young carers have significantly lower attainment at GCSE and more than likely than the national average to not be in education, employment or training (NEET) between the ages of 16 and 19.

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to hear from experts about wide-ranging models of support for siblings who have a brother or sister who has a disability, long term health condition or additional needs and help improve understanding of the issues siblings face.

Why attend?

Being a sibling is a unique experience that extends across the lifespan – it needs specialist attention and care. Siblings are often overlooked by services and this conference will provide professionals working across children’s services with an invaluable opportunity to identify priorities to improve educational and wellbeing outcomes for siblings of disabled children.


  • Share best practice in promoting awareness of siblings and the unique struggles they face
  • Discuss the mental health impact of being a sibling/sibling young carer
  • Assess how schools can provide interventions for siblings
  • Discuss the impact of Covid-19 on siblings and how to best provide timely support
  • Individual versus group support – what works best in sibling support?
  • How can we safeguard siblings?
  • Explore what support exists for young adult siblings after the age of 18

Confirmed Speakers

Clare Kassa, CEO Sibs

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, University College London

Nikita Hayden, University of Warwick

Janice Stephens, Down’s Junior School, Brighton

Louise Butler & Stefanie Austin, SENSE

Allan Jolly, Over the Wall

Nicola Dean, Ann Craft Trust


Who should attend?

  • Young Carers Teams
  • NEET Teams
  • Social Workers and Social Services
  • Families Services Officers
  • Child Protection Teams
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Children’s and Youth Services
  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapists
  • Family Intervention Project Workers
  • Family Support and Outreach Teams
  • CAMHS Practitioners
  • Child and Family Health Teams
  • Local, Regional and National Health Services
  • Children’s Health Service Professionals
  • General Practitioners
  • Primary Care Trusts
  • Commissioning and Delivery Teams
  • Disability Practitioners
  • Parental Support Workers
  • Schools
  • School Nurses and Health Visitors
  • Head Teachers and Teachers
  • Voluntary sector organisations


FInd out more and book your place here.