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Date – 19th  November 2021, 9.30am -1pm.

Venue – Online via Zoom.

Price –  £99 Earlybird tickets until 22nd October 2021

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


There are an estimated half a million young siblings growing up in the UK who have a disabled brother or sister. Siblings are an overlooked group of young people whose needs are often underestimated. The pandemic has had a placed enormous demands on siblings to provide extra care and support for their brothers and sisters, whilst their own wellbeing and needs have gone unmet.

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.  Sibs most recent report “Lonely Lockdown” highlighted the isolation and mental health impact of the pandemic on siblings and warned of the lasting effect on their wellbeing and urged for siblings’ needs to be addressed as part of recovery.

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to hear experts address the needs and rights of siblings of disabled children and children with SEND and long-term health conditions, as part of a whole family approach.

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 challenges they face
  • Discuss the mental health impact of being a sibling during a pandemic
  • Assess how services can provide interventions for siblings as part of an holistic approach
  • Explore the legal rights of siblings
  • Examine how siblings can imagine and plan for their own futures
  • Understand the particular challenges faced by sibling young carers


Confirmed Speakers

Clare Kassa, CEO Sibs

Sir Edward Davey, MP

Steve Broach, Barrister, Essex Chambers

Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou, University College London

Linda Owen, Young Siblings Information Officer, Sibs

Tracey Stewart and Amaya Bañuelos Marco, Edinburgh Young Carers

Linda Partridge, a sister


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, Teachers and SENCOs
  • Educational Psychologists
  • Voluntary sector organisations


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